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Hard-drinking Icelandic sheep farmer Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson) and his estranged younger brother Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson) live on neighbouring farms, but have not spoken for four decades. They raise the same ancient breed and every year, Kiddi and Gummi silently compete against each other in a competition involving all farmers in the valley to showcase their best ram. Veterinary authorities complete routine checks of the flocks and discover BSE in Kiddi's animals. The virus can be transmitted to humans by eating contaminated meat, so all of the farmers in the valley are told they must destroy their precious livestock. The men and women of the local community are devastated - the sheep are their livelihood - and the farmers fear the BSE will be their downfall. However, Kiddi and Gummi refuse to abide by the rules laid down by the veterinary authorities and the siblings plot a daring alternative course of action.