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Hungry, tired, and weak Laxmi was left in a ditch near a Hindu temple in Rajasthan. Without major intervention this leopard cub would not survive the week. It was in these critical moments of her early life that Laxmi was taken in by devoted naturalist and hotelier Gerhard Wiehahn. Gerhard was immediately committed to seeing Laxmi fully recover and returned to India's wilderness.

The two spent 16 months together; hunting, stalking, and climbing all the while preparing for the moment of freedom. The Spirit of Laxmi follows Gerhard and Laxmi as they move in 2 seemingly incongruent directions: together- becoming increasingly inseparable as the months progress and they spend their days and nights surviving in the bush, and apart -as Laxmi develops into an independent adult and they move towards their final good-byes.