In 1960s Nigeria three lives intersect. Ugwu works as a houseboy for a university lecturer. Olanna has abandoned her life of privilege to live with her charismatic lover, the lecturer. Richard, a shy Englishman, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. Amongst the horror of Nigeria’s civil war, loyalties are tested as they are pulled apart and thrown together in ways that none of them imagined.