David Nguru’s immediate problem was how to get home from school — what with no fare and a scary one hundred-mile trek almost certain! But that turns out to be the easier part. In the seemingly tranquil village environment, a drug war is looming and Nguru’s elder brother, Gitonga, is in the thick of it, dragging his friends and foes into a fight in which death is only a footstep away.
In the city, Patrick’s thirst for holiday adventure is cut short as he lands a seemingly mundane job of minding a shop. But he finds that being a shopkeeper can be a dangerous occupation, especially when working with a relative who is deeply immersed in a web of nefarious activities. But it is when anti-narcotics chief Jacinta Gatheru strides into the scene that the underworld begins to rumble.