Arrow of God, the second of Achebe's novels of colonialism, takes place in the 1920's Nigeria - after the establishment of British presence. The "arrow of god" is Ezeulu, the chief priest of the god Ulu who is the patron deity of an Ibo village. Hence Ezeulu holds the role of initiating the rituals that structure village life, a postition vested with a great deal of power and trust. After his village rejects his advice to avoid war with a neighboring village, Ezeulu finds himself at odds with his own people and praised by the British administrators. The British, seeking a candidate to install as village chieftain, make him an offer, which he refuses. Caught in the middle with no allies, Ezeulu slowly loses his grip on reality and slips into senility. Through Ezeulu, Achebe was able to present a study in the loss of power. Indeed, this is a well written educational literature and probably one of the best books I have ever read. I truly recommend it!!!