In an African tribal kingdom someone has committed a terrible crime. The king summons all the people before him. They kneel, trembling. The king knows everything. He will point out the criminal who will be instantly punished with fire.

There is an awful silence. Everyone has a secret fear that they may have committed the crime and that the memory of it has been taken from them by the magic of their enemies.

Then the king points to a man at the back of the crowd. The man stumbles forward. The members of the tribe look on him with contempt.

The man is tied to a stake to be burnt to death. He and the king are the only ones who know that he is really innocent. But he makes no protest. Justice must be seen to be done.