‘What a neat mess,’ Pai said. ‘Baraza banked on Zachary too heavily to let go. Edmond was envious of Zachary and wants his position back. Perhaps there existed a stronger undercurrent between Zachary and Esau. The latter confiscated the murder weapon from the kitchen two days ago. Zachary was probably onto Janet, Clifford’s lover. Noel is a woman scorned. Evidently, if Zachary had nine lives and if everyone acted on their motives he would be dead nine times.’
Zachary was an abrasive manager and irresistible to women. Sanse and Pai are in the middle of investigating his murder when Maggie, Zachary's co-worker, is also killed. Who is behind the murders? Is it the temperamental Esau, the jilted Edmond, the buttoned-up Clifford or the beautiful Janet? Is it Baraza, the possessive owner of Shalom Junior School, or Noel, his wild daughter?