On the banks of a river flowing through the lowlands of Africa the British have set up a colony, England in the sun, England as a Utopia, England without the restraints of European civilization. Into this tight-knit community a stranger (Deacon) strays, refusing to abide by its self-serving code. He is immediately set at odds with the locals; a businessman ( K B Priestley) who employs his authority in the community to disguise his personal weaknesses, his daughter (Lydia) who uses the men in the community as rungs in her climb out of provincialism, a sour, manipulative club barman (Yorkie), a widow and cocoa heiress (Mrs Blessington) who plays puppet-master from a distance, hero of the bars Oliver with his dubious investment schemes, sardonic gossip columnist Jane Audeby, and club waiter Elias who becomes his most candid counsellor. Deacon's big mistake is to write and publish a novel which draws on their weaknesses ... and the novel's big mistake is to become a success back home. ...
Did You Know?
Why are you going where you're going? Why did you come out to Africa in the first place? To face up to some sort of reality? Did you face up to your own emptiness instead? This land attracts your sort. It's no good trying to be strong. Only the weak survive.