Lewanika, the Litunga (king) of Barotseland (Zambia), signs an agreement to receive British protection against internal unrest in his kingdom, in exchange for Britain receiving his kingdom's mineral rights. However, Lewanika is being deceived. An agent of Cecil Rhodes, the British adventurer seeking to control all of Southern African to exploit its diamonds and minerals, lies to Lewanika that he represents the British government. Lewanika gives the “agent” two of the largest elephant tusks ever found in his kingdom as a present to Queen Victoria. They will go directly to Rhodes’ company boardroom, where the directors will plot the mining of Barotseland. Lewanika will eventually travel to England to complain about the deception and the exploitation of his land, but he will be ignored by the British government.