In 1969 during the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, South East Africa, 11-year-old Ralph witnesses his mother's adultery with his father's best friend. His parents divorce and Ralph is sent to boarding school. His father, Harry, not only loses his wife and best friend, but also his position as Minister of Education with the coming of Independence, prompting his rapid descent into alcoholism. Now 14, Ralph returns home to discover that his father has remarried an ex-air hostess named Ruby whom his father has known all of six weeks. Although Ralph is initially wary of Ruby, he bonds with her as his father's drinking escalates and becomes dangerously out of control. It's this chaos that stokes Ralph's inner turmoil, and eventually forges his creative mind.Set in Swaziland at the end of British rule, a young boy comes of age as he watches his parents separate and begin new lives.
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