Jairo Fuentes, the young leader of the village community Tamaquito, lives in the forests of northern Colombia. Nature gives the people here everything they need to live. But their livelihood is being destroyed by coal mining in the "El Cerrejón" mine: the huge hole, at 700 km2 the largest open-pit coal mine in the world, is eating into the once pristine landscape. Coal from Colombia is used by coal-fired power plants in Germany and around the world to produce the electricity that makes life fast, bright and warm. Jairo Fuentes wants to prevent the violent eviction of his community and agrees to negotiations with the mine operators. The corporations promise the Wayúu indigenous people the blessings of progress, but they do not value modern homes and a so-called "better life." They begin the struggle for their lives in the forests, which soon becomes a struggle for existence.