Tribes of Hillbrow
Briefly a Congo Mercenary, then a farmer in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, widower Jake Malan now lives alone in Johannesburg. Over seventy, he has cancer and expects to not live much longer. He considers that planting anything in his garden may be a race against cabbages.
When a Nigerian house-jacker frightens his friend and neighbour into a heart attack, Jake decides to use his limited time span to get revenge.
In Reading, England, an old ex-Congo nurse passes on, leaving a letter for her doctor son and his two young adult daughters, explaining that her son is the result of a brief liaison with a South African soldier in the Congo conflict of the 1960s. She can only provide his name, Jake Malan, and the name of his friend, Sergeant Dan McNeil, and their approximate ages.
The elder daughter, Megan, is keen to try to find Malan and sets off to South Africa. Little does she realise the dangerous road her decision will set her on in the crime-ridden South Africa of 2012.