The year is 1881, and the Sudanese people are awakening. They are living under an oppressive Ottoman-Egyptian military occupation, but perhaps not for long. Longing to wrest control over their own destinies from the Turco-Egyptian authorities, the people of Sudan are banding together behind a man they know as the Mahdi. The Mahdi, or “the guided one,” is a messianic figure foretold in the Islamic faith. The Mahdi claims to have been given this role by a prophetic assembly and has announced that he is bringing on the Mahdiyya, a return to the ways of Islam’s early days. The region’s tribes are unifying under his reign, and the time for rebellion is almost at hand. However, the enemy is formidable, and the Mahdi’s forces may have to prove themselves against other colonial powers. The fate of the Sudanese people lies in the hands of the Mahdi and his closest compatriots.