Vikram Lall is an Indian man living on the shores of Lake Ontario, retelling his life story from 1953, when he and his family lived in colonial Kenya, to now. He describes how he and his sister Deepa tried to find their place in a violent and changing world, and then how he later found himself drawn into an orbit of corruption after the promise of the 1960's. While contemplating historical events that shaped him, his choices, and the tragedies that awaited him, he also recalls the friendships of his and Deepa's youth, with both British and African children, that would haunt them all their lives. Some descriptions of violence. 2003.