10-year-old Max doesn't exactly look like a future star: He is pale, overweight and wears glasses. Yet, the shy boy identifies with the brave Indians of the Wild West, often donning war paint and a feathered headdress. When the Karl May open-air theatre looks for someone to play the son of Winnetou, Max wants to audition for the part. With the help of his best friend Morten, he prepares for the casting call. As the son of the legendary Apache chief, Max not only hopes to prove himself to the world, but also to reconcile his separated parents.