Precious Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are both back in harness at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but for once business is a bit slow. A new client arrives, a young woman whose father was regarded as a hero in the history of Botswana. Now his reputation is being called into question - was he courageous, as is widely believed, or was he merely a philanderer and opportunist? At the close of the investigation, everyone at the Agency will confront some uncomfortable truths from their own past and learn to treat certain ordinary human failings with a large helping of charity and compassion.