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The Seventies. A quest for spirituality and sexual freedom. In England, young Hugh Milne hears the voice of spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on an audiotape and travels to India in search of his own self. Sheela Patel, a young Indian woman, is brought to the charismatic guru by her father. At 21, she knows: all she wants is to be with this man. In his Ashram in Poona, Bhagwan urges his disciples to meditate and practice tantric sex in order to reach a higher plane of consciousness. Hugh watches the guru's ascent as a
bodyguard, Sheela becomes his secretary and the powerful boss of Bhagwan's model community born in the Eighties, in the mountains of Oregon. The dream turns into a nightmare, for Hugh into a mental breakdown, for Sheela into a prison sentence. And yet
the journey goes on.