In this novel two individuals who have just spent time in a psychiatric unit seek a life without drugs, and free from the intrusions of the mental health system. One of them is the narrator, who talks with, and takes advise from, his voices. The other is the mother of a bi-racial boy. The three of them form an unorthodox family, and feel the need to escape the country for fear of the boy being removed by the state. They end up in a community of spiritually inclined anarchists and socialist in Tanzania. Most of the members of this community are ex-patriots from a variety of countries who have found themselves in conflict with their societies. This novel questions the current notions of Òmental health,Ó and examines the issues of class, neocolonialism, and social and spiritual evolution.