Emma Maconie is an ambitious north Londoner who has never been satisfied simply living in the world – she wants to change it. Setting out for an interview for a high-flying job in the BBC’s current affairs unit, she bumps into Simon Robertson, in what appears to be a chance encounter. A succession of coincidences and events rapidly draw the pair together. Within a week of their meeting, Emma knows she has to choose between her long-standing boyfriend and soul-mate, Robbie, and this new man for whom she feels an almost obsessive attraction. Emma soon finds herself in Zimbabwe where she uses her skills as an investigative journalist to confirm horrific truths about herself and her past.