Describes the author's years growing up in British Guiana, during the period prior to that country's independence in 1966. Her hopes to attend university in England but instead going to the University College of the West Indies in Jamaica. The effect of her father's career changes on her prospective job in the National Library in Georgetown; different future resulting from her move to France as a language assistant. Her return to Georgetown just prior to independence and her appointment to the Foreign Service. Description of her postings to major capitals, London, Ottawa and Caracas and to the UN General Assembly for two sessions.
Depicts her life as a political analyst in the United Nations Secretariat, NY during her twenty five year career and associated travels. Shows her love for languages and travel and music, especially opera.