Die draaiboek van hierdie film handel oor 'n episode in die lewe van die digter en wetenskaplike Eugene Marais.
Dit is die jaar 1908. Marais, baie siek aan malaria, kom op die plaas Rietfontein in die Waterberge aan, waar die Van Rooyen familie hom onderdak neem en versorg. Die familie bestaan uit Gys Van Rooyen, sy vrou Maria, hulle seun Adriaan en 'n aanneemdogter/huishulp, Jane Brayshaw.
Maria is 'n opgeleide vroedvrou met heelwat kennis van boererate en sy en Jane versorg Marais op sy pad na herstel. Malaria is egter nie Marais se enigste probleem nie. Sedert sy vrou Lettie se dood veertien jaar tevore by die geboorte van hulle eerste kind, het hy sy toevlug tot morfien geneem en geleidelik daaraan verslaaf geraak.
Eugene Marais was not only a remarkable poet and naturalist, but an extraordinary person whose life was a continuous source of drama and controversy. In 1908, he is a qualified lawyer who has just spent a solitary 2 years living amongst the baboons of the remote Waterberg; studying their habits.
On his way to Nylstroom, in the grip of a Malaria induced fever, he stops on a farm looking for drinking water. Observing his weakness and the seriousness of his illness, Gys van Rooyen and his wife Maria take him into their home to recover.
Maria leads an unfulfilled life and she is lonely. The forty year old Eugene Marais is attractive, charming and mysterious. She, as many women before her, falls in love with him. There are two others resident in the house, the Van Rooyen's son Adriaan, and a seventeen year old adopted daughter Jane Brayshaw.
Twelve years earlier Marais' young wife, Aletta, died giving birth to their only child, something he was never able to process. Jane is a striking embodiment of her. Gradually he realizes he is losing his heart to her. And she reciprocates. What further complicates matters is that the young Adriaan is himself smitten with Jane.
Eugene Marais' secret demon is his morphine addiction. He is a high functioning addict - whose behaviour is only effected when he doesn't use it. Maria discovers his secret. In an attempt to not only curb his addiction but also to assert control over him, she confiscates his morphine and begins rationing it back to him.
This leads to a love quadrangle, like a time bomb ticking. Inevitably ticking....
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- Music Compsed by Ben Ludik
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From the motion picture Die Wonderwerker we bring you the soundtrack that asiisted in the run-away success of the film! Composed by 29-year old Ben Ludik, the soundtrack is an enspiring and enigmatic composition masterpiece.