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Eleven-year-old Kirra (Bindi Irwin) has a great love for all animals as the daughter of a widowed zoo veterinarian in Australia. But when her father is injured and must be hospitalized for several months, Kirra is forced to go stay with her estranged grandfather, Gus (Beau Bridges), in South Africa. Kirra doesn’t want to leave her father’s side, especially to stay with a grandfather she barely knows in a strange country. Arriving in South Africa, Kirra is even more disheartened to discover that Gus is the owner of a dilapidated seaside theme park, which is quickly losing its few customers to rival park owner Rolf (Stephen Jennings).
Gus’ business is given a miraculous boost though when a fierce storm traps a baby orca whale in his lagoon, turning his park into the area’s main attraction. The growing orca, named Willy, has an inhibited sense of echolocation making his survival in the wild, apart from his pod, impossible. But Kirra also realizes that the orca will outgrow the lagoon very quickly. Gus thinks his only choice is to sell Willy to Rolf’s successful park, where the orca will be safe…but forever captive.
With time running out before Rolf claims him, Kirra must not only locate Willy’s pod, but also find a way to teach the young whale to survive and be free in the open sea.
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