The exploration of cultural differences in this novel reflects W.H. Auden’s poetic words that we must love one another or die.
Daiga, an African student from Cameroon, arrives at the University of Stuttgart for a course in German. He is supposed to return home after his government funded course ends but he elects to stay on for a political science degree. How to finance this is the problem.
He meets and marries Monica, a German girl who is at first sweet and pleasant but then becomes demanding and domineering. Her father finances Daiga’s studies.
German-Cameroon cultural differences lead to Daiga departing hurriedly for Cameroon with much of his father-in-law’s money, intending to marry his former love Mungwi. Monica follows him seeking to avenge his desertion of her and their baby son on his wedding day to Mungwi.
Daiga’s adventures in Paris, Stuttgart and East Berlin when the wall divided the city, and back in Cameroon, lead to a great ending to this story.