* The second book in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's first and only female private detective, has been handed her most difficult case to date: to find out what happened to a young American who disappeared on the edge of the Kalahari desert 10 years ago. She investigates the case, using her common sense and knowledge of human nature, along with a little bit of guile. In the meantime, her fiancי, Mr. Matekoni, gets talked into taking in a pair of orphans, and becomes worried that Precious may break off the engagement because he didn't tell her until afterwards. Meanwhile, his housemaid plots to get rid of Precious so she can continue to meet her male “friends” at Mr. Matekoni's house during the day. Last, but not least, Precious' secretary, Mma Makutsi, gets promoted to assistant detective and gets her first case.
Although there is a fair amount of detective work in the story, it is much more a study of character and human nature than it is a crime mystery.