Puppatee leaves his homeland Jamaica for London to get a proper education. Instead he lives with his oldest brother Joe, who treats him like a servant and harshly disciplines him. Puppatee, no longer able to live with his brother, moves in with his sister. However, he is lured into crime at a young age and goes in and out of the legal system. He tries to go straight but finds it hard to because of a lack of education and experience. He continues to rob and steal to support his women, children and himself.
Puppatee's parents sent him to England to be given a proper education but he faced the harsh cruelties of England and his brother without having contact with his family back home. He doesn't contact his family until he almost a grown man when he returns to Jamaica to visit his family after an older brother dies. Perhaps if Puppatee were to have decided to settle in Jamaica, he could have taken over the family farm and lived a completely different life. Better yet, if he were to live in England with the brother, Joe would have been treated him like family, showing him the value of hardwork and handing out discipline less harshly. Puppatee could have avoided a life of crime, obtain an education, and get a legitimate job.
Rocky Carr does a good job at emphasizing the crimes he committed, the underworld of London, and the culture of Afro-Caribbeans.