The title tells the important history of not only one woman struggling under apartheid but of millions who faced similar challenges. Like millions of black South Africans made strangers in the land of their birth, the author has lost a great deal in her lifetime: the farm in the Orange Free State which had belonged to her family for nearly a hundred years; her hopes for a full and peaceful life for her children; even her freedom, when, at the age of 63, she found herself detained under the so-called terrorism act for an offence never specified. But she has not lost her courage. This autobiography refuses to focus only on the author, for it draws on the unrecorded history of a whole people. In telling her own personal and political story over 70 years.