Flamingoes are the totem of Moya's Kenyan tribe and when he finds an injured stranger along the shore of the Lake of the Firebirds, a secret nesting place, he must both nurse and initiate him. A budding mongo-mogo (witch doctor), Moya finds out what salve to use and how to perform the ritual blood ceremony before he tells anyone that an outsider has seen the flamingoes. Peter, American son of a flamingo scholar, puts up with the doctoring and snaps photos in between remarks on the repetitive order of too bad Dad can't see this. Peter is cured, Moya defends himself before the Council of Elders and wins his case. Tropical fever blister.