Street life in the slums of Accra is realistically portrayed in this socially-commited, subtle novel about four educated women who are inspired by the plight of a 14-year old girl, Fofo. As the main characters convert their library center into a practical street initiative, the novel invokes the squalor, health risks, and vicious cycles of poverty and violence that drive children to the streets and women to prostitution; and, from which, ultimately, no one in the society is free.
Edidem Eyamba is a wealthy man, he has four wives and fifteen daughters. But he is unhappy because he has no son to succeed him. A competition is held to determine who will cook the food that will make the king well and also be the mother of his son. Ifiok, an orphan, decides to try her luck by cooking Edikang Ikong Soup for the King.