How is divinity made known in a world in which chaos seems rampant, and where Nature's cruelty is both daunting and necessary? A young Indian nicknamed Pi (played as a teenager by Suraj Sharma) seeks spiritual affirmation by exploring many different faiths, to understand human behavior. But the son of a zookeeper learns early lessons about animal consciousness from his father, after a close call in the animal cages.
"The tiger is not your friend!" his father says. "Animals don't think like we do; people who forget that get themselves killed!"