It is 1999 and the troubled West Photography equipment nation of Sierra Leone is crinkled by main political unrest. Rebel parti such as the Innovative United Entrance frequently terrorize the open up countryside, intimidating Mende people and enslaving many to harvest diamonds, which will fund their increasingly effective war hard work. One such regrettable is fisherman Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), from Shenge, who has recently been assigned into a workforce overseen by a serious warlord, Chief Poison (David Harewood).
Over a particularly anxious morning, Vandy discovers a significant pink diamonds in the riverbank and buries it inside the soft globe. Captain Toxic learns of the stone, when he can do something about this expertise the area is usually raided by simply government security forces. The two men are subsequently incarcerated in Freetown along with Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), a white colored Rhodesian gunrunner jailed while attempting to smuggle diamonds into Liberia for corrupt South African exploration executive Rudolph van para Kaap (Marius Weyers).
Having managed to observe the lilac diamond's existence, Archer arranges to have Vandy freed from detention. He then travels to Cape Town, meeting with his ex - military connections, including Colonel Coetzee (Arnold Vosloo) - an Neger late with the apartheid-era To the south African Protection Force today freelancing using a private armed service firm. Archer remarks that he hopes to abscond with Vandy's stone and leave the Darker Continent forever, but Coetzee indicates that his misplaced stake in Archer's horrible Liberian procedure entitles him to the diamonds as settlement. The former earnings to Macizo Leone, finds Vandy, while offering to help him find his family in the event that he will restore his reward.
Meanwhile, PRESTIGE insurgents start an escalation of hostilities. Freetown is catagorized to their progress while Vandy's son Vida (Kagiso Kuypers) is among those rounded up to serve as children soldier under a liberated Chief Poison. Archer and Vandy narrowly get away to Guinea, where they will plan to...