A one-hour special that tells the story of a silverback gorilla, Makumba, who has reigned supreme in the forests of the Congo for more than 10 years. Life in the jungle is a running battle with rivals to hold on to his crown – and his family. He defends them with terrifying displays of power, but has let down his guard to one scientist, Angelique Todd, who has spent a decade earning his trust. Her mission is to infiltrate the home and hearts of his troop to decode the mysteries surrounding this most private and secretive species.
As the dramas unfold, we witness the most intimate moments of a family of western lowland gorillas, seen through the eyes of the woman who knows them best.