The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared.
"She eats them !", the superstitious villagers declare….
Karaba is a stunning and cruel woman, surrounded by fearless and servile fetishes. But no sooner has Kirikou delivered himself from his mother's womb than he wants to rid the village of Karaba's curse and understand the cause of her wickedness.
His adventure-filled voyage leads Kirikou to the Forbidden Mountain, where the wise man of the Mountain, who knows of Karaba and her secrets, awaits him.