Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan.
In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love - and remain friends.
But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to.
Anthills of the Savannah (1987), Achebe's candid vision of contemporary African politics, is a powerful fusion of angry voices.
It continues the journey that Achebe began with his earlier novels, tracing the history of modern Africa through colonialism and beyond, and is a work ultimately filled with hope.