The story of the undying friendship between Maki, a child aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe. Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha of Egypt to deliver Zarafa to Paris as a gift for King Charles X. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land – even if it means risking his life. During a long journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, and a pair of unusual cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate Bouboulina. Presented with both new English language version, and the original French language version with English subtitles.