Historically, this is set in a later period than Cloete's The Turning Wheels, -- a generation after the famous trek, with the Hoers on the verge of the revolt which brought them temporary victory from the British overlord, in 1884. The story is Africa's story, the story of the devotion the country inspires in her children, and the deepening bitterness against the British Infiltration. Kruger, scarcely known, becomes their leader, and in a few brief but bitter battles, freedom is won. The romance of Lena and Dirk runs through the story, but they are shadowy figures compared with the stalwarts of the old tradition, the great grandfather who stages a charge on the British single-handed; the grandmother, embittered by the violent deaths of most of her family, the old hunt, with her depths of wisdom and her herbs and samples. An overlong book -- plot thinly spun but atmosphere convincingly developed out of the little things that makes life in those days come alive.