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Late 18th century. It is a time of bloody conflict and great turmoil. The slave trade expands from the east African coast. Europeans spread inland. And one young boy, Shaka, is destined to change the future of southern Africa. While Shaka has often been portrayed as a cruel and bloodthirsty tyrant, this re-telling of the legend explores the rise to power of a shrewd young prince who must now consolidate a new kingdom through warfare, mediation, and political alliances to defend his people against the expanding slave trade.