Matters Of Live And Death is the story of one family's struggles under Apartheid in 1963. When their seventeen-year-old son Tiro is arrested, the Maru family is thrust into the whirlwind of politics. At the end of a farcical trial Tiro is sentenced to Life on Robben Island. When their two remaining sons, Pitso and Kagiso flee to Botswana the Marus are relieved. It turns out, Tiro in prison is the lucky one. a series of events threatens to destroy the whole Maru family. At the end, it is the women, grandmother, mother and daughter Neo who are forced to pick up the pieces. They survive and triumph.