The novel is the second in a trilogy by Haggard involving the collapse of the Zulu kingdom and featuring the dwarf Zikali. The first book is Marie, and the third, Finished.
The story takes place against the real life struggle between Cetshwayo and Umbelazi, the two sons of the Zulu king Mpande (called «Panda» in the novel). The events culminate in the Battle of Ndondakusuka (here called the «Battle of the Tugela») in 1856. Real life people such as Panda, Cetshwayo, and John Robert Dunn appear as characters. — Summary by wikipedia
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