The story explores the friendship which develops between two young white South African soldiers during the Angolan war of 1976. They are from completely different backgrounds. One, Seun Joubert is from an ultra conservative Afrikaner family and the other, Joel Lapinski is from a liberal Jewish family. They are stuck in a slit trench together during a tense contact situation. While in the slit trench they share their experiences, dreams and most intimate secrets. It is a story of prejudice, bigotry and tragic sorrow, as well as an uplifting story of warmth, friendship and love.