Cyprian Alfred Boothe is 18 years old and he is about to enlist to fight in the Rhodesian bush war, together with his childhood buddy, Kenny. Inwardly, he is torn between fighting for the country he loves - the Jewel of Africa - and the justice of the bush war itself after having watched his family being murdered in cold blood by a group of Black freedom fighters months earlier at their farm. Nonetheless, with his friend they go hoping to enlist in the Selous Scouts when the recruitment drive comes to their country club in Karoi with the full intention of lawfully avenging the murder of his family. However, the two pot smoking friends are not prepared with what occurs at the temporary recruitment centre as they realise too late that all warring sides to the bush war have turned up with each obviously habouring their own agenda. The government men led by Lt. Col. Osen have nothing by contempt for the communist trained Black freedom fighters and their Black supporters. The freedom fighters have nothing but murderous hate for the government men and the White farmers. The White farmers find that even amongst themselves they stand on different sides of the bush war. Emotions run high and tempers flare with tragic results as each side endeavours to prevail against the other and fulfill their mission. Alf and his friend get caught up inbetween these agendas.