The plot follows the entire life of one person, Nnu Ego. We read about her conflicts, joys, sorrows, and thoughts in the narrative that follows. However, there is one chapter that veers out of her perspective in order to tell the story of how her parents conceived her. That chapter is important, even though it's wildly out of touch with the rest of the point of view, because it allows us to intimately observe life in Ibuza on a typical compound. It also establishes the link between Nnu Ego and her chi, the slave woman who was killed at the time Nnu Ego was conceived.