Kamiti, a native of Kenya, the son of a dead chief, is filled from childhood with a compelling impulse to be at one with growing life. As he matures, the poverty of his people becomes evident to him, and his vague love for nature develops into a complicated realization that to Africa, growth of the soil means not only beauty, but survival. Kamiti receives a scholarship which enables him to study forestry in Europe and returns to his native village determined to make of the impoverished land, a forest of vital trees. With the help of his childhood sweetheart and many thousands of prisoners, his dream matures and with it the promise of a more stable and prosperous Africa. Written with sympathy and understanding, this story, told in the first person, does much to explain the problems of Kenya and to dramatize for the American reader, the laudable nature of Africa's young and progressive element.