Jason Brody (Gianpaolo Venuta) is on vacation with a group of friends in the Rook Islands between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, celebrating his younger brother Riley (Alex Harrouch) getting a pilot’s license. However, on a skydiving trip, they land on a pirate-infested island and are kidnapped by pirate lord Vaas Montenegro (Michael Mando), who plans to sell them into slavery. Jason escapes with help from his older brother Grant (Lane Edwards), who is killed by Vaas. Jason is rescued by Dennis (Charles Malik Whitfield), who is an adopted member of the islands’ native Rakyat tribe. Dennis recognizes Jason’s potential as a warrior, and gives him the Tatau, the tattoos of a Rakyat warrior. Jason then helps the Rakyat in a number of missions and ends up finding one of his friends, Daisy (Natalie Brown), at the house of Dr. Earnhardt (Martin Kevan), a botanist studying the island’s flora. Impressed with Jason’s prowess, the Rakyat allow him to be the second (after Dennis, who is Liberian) outsider to enter their sacred temple, and their leader and priestess, Citra (Faye Kingslee), initiates Jason into the tribe after he returns the Silver Dragon Knife, a Rakyat relic.