Kiri Wai, Inner Skin is the story of a young European-American who undertakes a journey to Aotearoa "New Zealand" in the South Pacific. Over the course of his quest, he seeks answers to questions about moko. In the process, he delves into Maori culture and the moko's place in other cultures. Is the art tattooed on his skin a reflection of his identity? Does the moko reveal his deeper nature and artistic identity? Or is he being cheated? Is a Westerner with a Moko living in a fool's paradise, believing an artist's explanation of a tattoo without ever reaching his own understanding of the symbols marking him for life?