After her adventures in Australia, Linda returns to England on hearing of her father's illness. Following his death she plans to ride through Africa and, in 1974, begins this journey, made at a time when few people venture into this continent, especially by motorcyle. Her 500cc BMW is already 17 years old and suffers many breakdowns during the trip. Sahara sand, Congo mud and a bout of malaria in Kenva all add to the thrill of this fifteen-month journey and, despite the many setbacks, Linda still keeps a smile on her face. The events and people met are described with honesty and humour and the rich tapestry of the political history of Africa, at that time, is woven into the story.