Goodluck Tinubu, an ex-Zimbabwean who has taught in Botswana for many years, is viciously murdered in his tent at the Jackalberry bush camp, situated on an isolated peninsula in northern Botswana. Peter Sithole, allegedly a tourist from South Africa and another guest at the camp, is found bludgeoned to death a few hours later. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu is sent from Botswana's capital, Gaborone, to assist the local Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in solving the crime.
Detective Kubu soon learns that another guest at the camp, Ishmael Zondo, departed unexpectedly at dawn the morning after the two murders. Now Zondo has completely disappeared, and the Zimbabwe police are unable-or unwilling-to trace him. Reports surface that he is wanted as a dissident in Zimbabwe. And as a final enigma, matching fingerprint records reveal that Goodluck Tinubu had been killed in the Rhodesian civil war thirty years earlier.
The police suspect that Goodluck and Zondo may have been involved in a drug deal, and that Zondo killed Goodluck to flee with both the drugs and the money. But Detective Kubu quickly realizes that everyone at the Jackalberry camp has hidden motives or a murky past. When another of the Jackalberry guests dies, Kubu is certain that the murderer-or murderers-may, in fact, be quite close by. After unraveling the mystery of Goodluck Tinubu's 'second death' in the Rhodesian civil war, Kubu now believes that the vanished Zondo was himself a victim-not a murderer-and sets a clever trap to identify the real criminals.