The ""bladdy"" world of the coloreds is revealed by Johannes, whose father was a Dutch Reformed minister and his mother a Basuto woman, who ""hates the white man rotten"". Catching on to their stupid game, Johannes is young when he starts to make plans to have what the whites have and through early savings is able to get out of Cape Town slum life. He achieves the job of chauffeuring for the Freyer family, on their farm, maintains his civilty in spite of his desire to retaliate for slights to his color, arrives at an understanding with the daughter Lorraine, and when the time comes leaves to make his start in crime. From small thefts, to frequent hold-ups, to factory and payroll robberies, Johannes buds his gang, works out bigger deals and uses his money to bring better living to those who work for him and to give schooling to the youngsters coming along. He has the chance to and proves that he has the right stuff ""to equal, if not surpass, the whites"" when he refuses to prosecute on a false arrest. Written by a white South Africa, this has the impress of authenticity; it app while it informs; it mirrors violence and corruption as well as understanding. Of current interest, this also has its claim in the excellence of its presentation.