Tamari is fourteen. Her parents have died and she lives with her brother, Kuda, in their home where rooms have been let to lodgers. Her Uncle Banda supposedly keeps an eye on them, but is more concerned about how much money he can make from the tenants. Shimmer Chinodya is a wonderful story-teller. The characters in the book come vividly to life as Tamara grows up and has to contend with the school bullies, the onset of puberty, and much else besides.