A 12-year-old boy (KOSSI) with genius-level intelligence is one of many children trafficked through Nigerian borders from Togo in the mid-1990s. He ends up with the Martins, a four-member upper-middle-class family in Lagos.
A man and a woman from opposing sides fall in love in a land where the people have been divided for a long time due to a long-ago disagreement. Despite their families' best efforts to keep them apart, they eventually become the reason the community comes together again.
The tale is told from two perspectives: that of a young pregnant woman and that of her husband, a soldier accused of involvement in the failed 1976 military coup and assassination of Nigeria's Head-of-State, General Murtala Mohammed.