A complex story of the convoluted politics of the aftermath of a border war, in a country that is still adjusting to the outcome of its own civil war.
Paula Shackleton, the anti-heroine, is struggling with her own sense of loss and missed opportunities. Whilst she is integral to the plot,the buffer of her own grief insulates her from true emotional involvement so she is able to critically (and wittily) observe people and situations. As the story unfolds, both Paula and the reader become increasingly caught up in the events, which gallop to a climax at the international court in the Hague.
Whilst this is a work of fiction, it gives a real flavour of the challenges facing many of the war-torn countries of Africa, and makes clear why finding any sort of lasting peace is a Chimaera that seems to be always out of reach.