This is another excellent book by Vassanji. It is set in 1953 Kenya and tells the story of a brother and sister and their friendship with an African boy. It takes place at the time of the Mau Mau and Kenyan independence and the following period of promises betrayed. Vikram Lall becomes involved in government corruption and the book addresses cynicism and idealism. It also paints a picture of the isolation of the Indian community in Africa. This book is a wonderful way to gain an understanding of East Africa.