TITLES BEGIN. The midwife hurries through swirling
show, clutching the baby.
EXT. VILLAGE - DAY
Nockmaar troops on horseback charge into a desolate
village, driving ferocious DEATH DOGS into huts,
violently searching for the baby. The oppressed, poor
VILLAGERS are yanked into the street. Some of them are
beaten. One is killed.
The midwife hides behind a hut, still holding the baby,
then runs away from the village.
EXT. GRASSLAND - DAY
Ethna treks across an open grass field.
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT
She huddles by a fire, exhausted and hungry, her
clothes filthy and torn, and she rocks the crying baby.
She hears dogs howling in the distance. She clutches
the baby, kicks out the fire, and runs.
EXT. OCEAN CLIFFSIDE - DAY
She scrambles over rocks on a windswept coastline.
EXT. FOREST - DAWN
Ethna runs desperately for her life. Chasing her are
two vicious DEATH DOGS. She scrambles across a shallow
river. She claws at rock and tears away sticks and
driftwood matted together with weeds. Into this she
places the baby and sets it afloat downstream.
The dogs lunge from the woods and splash across the
river. The midwife claws her way up a steep bank, lur-
ing the dogs. As they attack her:
I don't have her! No! No!
She grabs a stick and tries to defend herself, thrash-
ing at the snarling dogs.
From the baby's view, as it floats down the river, WE
SEE the dogs kill the midwife beyond the distant trees.
EXT. DOWNRIVER - DAY - MONTAGE
The little raft of sticks swirls precariously in the
current. It glances off jutting rocks, tumbles over
rapids, and scrapes under overhanging trees.
EXT. RIVERBANK - DAY
At last the raft catches in some weeks, almost dumping