The mother had gone to market to get some oil for cooking. The bandits used to come to her village and loot whatever was available in the houses. They had already come twice to it and had taken away everything. The third time when they came, they set everything on fire when they didn’t get anything. The narrator and the members of her family had hidden behind the bushes. After they had gone away, the mother had repaired the house with pieces of tin. Her father had been fighting in the war. He too never came back. They were frightened to go out even for toilet for the fear of the bandits. The people screamed and ran when the bandits came. Her little brother clung against her stomach like a baby monkey. Without her mother, she did not know where to go. They stayed there all day in the roofless house.
In the evening, her grandmother, Gogo and her grandfather came. Her grandmother was big and strong. She took the narrator, the baby, her first born brother and her grandfather back to the house. They stayed there for about a month. But her mother never came back. They had no food at home. Gogo took the children to hunt for spinach as all the villagers did the same. But there was no more spinach for them. There was no leaf left. Gogo decided to go from there where there were no bandits and there was food. Gogo got ready for the ultimate journey. She got some mealies in exchange for some church clothes. She boiled them and tied them in a rag. As for water, they hoped to get some from the rivers on the way. However, Gogo sold her shoes to buy a plastic container for collecting water. After travelling for sometime, they joined the people of another village who were also going to a safer place.
To get to that place, they had to go through the Kruger Park. A man led them into it. He asked them to take a long way to get round the fence as it was electrified and could roast off their skin, if they touched it. They had been walking for one hour. But it looked as if they had not covered much distance. After some time, the narrator’s brother and the other boy caught a tortoise. They wanted to cook it but could not light the fire for fear of being spotted by the smoke. They had to move like animals away from the roads and the white people’s camps. If they were spotted by the Park authorities, they could be sent back. While walking, they came across a herd of elephants on the way. The man asked them to be quiet for the animals to be quiet.
They also saw lions lying asleep during the day. At night they tried to sleep close together. They rolled over one another. They also heard lions panting. The narrator prayed to God to make the lions take some one sleeping on the edge and go. A lion was likely to jump over them from a tree. The man leading them shouted at it by beating the tree with a dead branch to scare him away. The lion went away. They were tired. The narrator’s first born brother and the man had to lift her grand father. Gogo’s feet also began bleeding. She wanted only her bodies to get there. They left their things under a bush. They ate some wild fruit. This made their stomachs run. The narrator’s grandfather went to the elephant grass to ease himself but did not come back for a long time. They searched for him for long but he couldn’t be found. They waited for him to return. They had nothing to eat but saw only birds with hooked beaks flying above them. They saw them eating bones of dead animals earlier.
The next day in the afternoon, the man asked them to move on. Even till that time the narrator’s grandfather had not come. Gogo decided to go ahead. At last they reached the sky-high tent pitched for the refugees. There were more than two hundred persons in it. Each family had a place separated with sacks or cardboard boxes. However, when it rained the water would come in at the sides. They were given special powder as a protection against malnutrition and hunger. They were also vaccinated in the clinic. Finally, they were given a place in a corner under the tent.