With reluctance the author agrees to a two year move to another third world country. She feels neither physically or emotionally prepared since a car accident and then learning she cannot bring her beloved dog. Nevertheless, she arrives in Ethiopia after a harrowing plane ride directly following a coup de tat in the country. Her husband, Rodger, awaits her arrival with his driver and colleague, Ayela. They drive to a guarded compound and enter a small apartment. There she learns there is a ten P.M. curfew; to disobey means danger. New government troops are patrolling the streets. She hears occasional gun-fire and the constant barking of dogs.
A native family moves in next door and she begins watching their children playing in the back yard. She finds herself laughing out loud all by herself at their often amusing antics.
Thus begins a love story between two families from two different countries living next door to one another. Then a boy, believed to be an orphan, is brought to her door by concerned watchmen, a maid is added to the mix, a Russian family, some missionaries, a Sri Lankan family, more native families, some Russian students who want to learn English, and Rodger's colleague and his wife. Despite the circumstances that surround her, Love begins to fill all the empty spaces in the author's life, chasing depression away and leaving God's peace and joy instead. And there is a surprise ending No peeking ahead.