On leaving school 18 year old Jennie reluctantly accompanies her parents to Ghana, West Africa which has just become independent from colonial rule. Her father is a British soldier sent there to help the fledgling country's army. Gradually she makes friends outside the tight knit military world and begins to find the new life exciting. Then she meets a handsome African teacher and they become friends and in due course lovers. Their relationship runs smoothly for a while until the outside world intrudes as the new government becomes increasingly anti British. Jennie is caught up in these troubles and has to review what she expects from life and how to achieve it.