A successful South African plastic surgeon discovers a greater calling, volunteering his skills on a medical ship providing life-changing medical services to the poorest of Africa's people - but it comes at a personal cost his wife may not be willing to pay.
The Dawn of a New Day deals with access to health care issues through the eyes of 3 West Africans in need of specialized surgery. Meanwhile one South African plastic surgeon is searching for meaning as he leaves his successful private practice to volunteer on a hospitable ship â€“ but at the risk of losing the woman he has always loved.
Hyacinthe is a 10 year-old boy growing up in rural West Africa. When he was a baby he fell into hot ash and the skin grew back, pulling the leg into a permanent folded position. He hasnâ€™t seen his mother for 3 years.
The hospital ship is sailing to Hyacintheâ€™s country, Benin, where free surgeries will be performed on board to the poor for no charge. However, Tertius can only see his wife 3 months a year, which may be too high a price that she is willing to pay.
Meanwhile, Hyacinthe is temporarily reunited with his mother who must be his caregiver on the hospital ship. Can he convince her to not leave him once his leg heals?