Born and bred in Sophiatown, Linda Malindi is no stranger to poverty and violence. After the killing of her only brother, the jailing and disappearance of her father, and the death of her mother when she is taken in by the family of a distant ...
cousin, she is thrown out on the streets when the cousin and his wife accuse her of soliciting the services of a witchdoctor to infect their daughter with TB. Once more homeless and alone, pregnant and abandoned by the father of the child. Suddenly she feels the onset of the birth of her child. Desperate for help, she remembers being told that Ma-jaze, the notorious hardnosed owner of Angels One, might help her in her predicament. This is a turning point for Linda. Ma-jaze befriends her but she loses the baby. She finds solace in the arms of Simon Mangana, who through necessity left his wife and child in his homeland to seek work in the City of Gold. The course of their love affair is charged with turbulence, Simon is lured back to his village, a brief sojourn that ends in sadness and disillusionment and drives him back to Sophiatown.