This epic novel is about the Nigerian Civil War. In Paris, Obiora Ifedi, a representative from the East, lies luxuriously wile negotiating for charter planes. Larger deposits are paid to European dealers who don't in fact have aircraft. There is excitement and unreality which contrasts vividly with what is happneing in Nigeria. Suddenly, Freddy Onuoha, witness to these futile efforts, grows impatient- he must return dangerously y night to a shrinking Biafra. Everything, except the suffering, now looks less absolute than it did outside. The war like all wars, throws up people who are willing to sacrifice all for the people who are selling all.