He rises from the drudges of the mining town he grew up in circulating after his ordinary levels through rural areas in and around Bindura. Down trodden and looking up the stairs he is full of energy to do better. He does not want to end up as a hard or soft rock miner like his father’s generation. Cheap labour imported by the trainloads. He wants to be someone in a society where hard work pays at the end. He grew up knowing about deep mines and their work forces as his father was a miner there. He starts his way up the ladder by doing his advanced levels while running around as a relief teacher for three years. While he consumes alcohol with his friends, he keeps his self control in check finding time to study. As his friends marry early Trevor soldiers on. It is the same generation that is affected by the dreaded scourge of HIV/AIDS where years later, those silly experiments come to bite. Instead of following his father’s footsteps, he yearns for apprenticeships, the banking and insurance sector to start his way up. However he lands up as an administrative assistant in a company where he starts burning the mid night oil going to college until he qualifies as an estate agent. His father is called a non citizen resident meaning a foreigner who has stayed a long time in the country but does not have voting rights. The foreigner is looked down upon. He falls into the same pit. Deep within him is a fire that burns to break the yoke of the mining community. The mines and their residential community are synonymous with vices and hard ship. He is not of the quarter.
They say birds of a feather flock together. Naomi is a girl with an ambition to excel well in her education being born of a father with links that are strong with his former homeland of Malawi. Her childhood goals of making it into the medical fraternity as a doctor start collapsing early as in the first year in high school as the science and mathematics subjects tend to be a tough lot. She doesn’t give up. She tried her university entrance examination and flunks. As she collapses, so does her social life. She gets rid of her dates in order to concentrate on school work. It is either you date or you study with her no other option. She does not fit into the category of studying after marriage. Her marriage has to be after her degree qualification according to her standards. She starts again until she nets her prize ending up as a laboratory technologist graduate. Though the government rates are low, at least she is a professional. She made it through the lonely days. She is a lady with a vision that she lives for and achieves. What of her social life?
Trevor bumps into Naomi as she is doing her upper sixes at a local high school. They make it as a team but she does have her moods. They share so much in common. He seems to be forever running between work, college and batteries of examinations twice a year as he climbs up the ladder bit by bit. They live in close proximity to each other which makes it easier for them to communicate. Naomi makes it difficult to date because she has her standards and her misgivings. She does have times of breaking their relationship whenever she wants. She does have a habit of coming back to start all over again. Why does his other relationship fizzle just before Naomi re emerges from her hibernation?
They marry and start a family with family problems galore. Trevor is a drinker of repute while Naomi still has her moods and utterances. Their marriage is on the rocks, tittering on collapse, how will they manage?