Young nudist and reformer August Engelhard wants to save himself from
moral and spiritual pollution of the Western world. In 1902, the sensitive
loner travelled from Germany to a desert island in the South Seas to
achieve self-fulfilment and illumination far away from civilisation.
However, the island is part of the Wilhelmine German colony, and
the officials soon interfere in his lifestyle and force him to become a
productive member of society.
After the arrival of his first follower, a famous pianist from Berlin, the word
about Engelhardt’s alternative way of living quickly spreads. Civilisation
dropouts from every corner of the empire start joining them. Instead of
living a tranquil life in a pristine paradise, Engelhardt starts slipping into
bizarre delusions, which ominously anticipate the chasms of the 20th
Imperium traces the lost world of German New Guinea, a doomed world
in which our contemporary age is strangely reflected.