Throughout the book, Campbell examines the pathways to crime in Jamaica. He links politics to crime and inner-city youth, and also looks at how poverty forces many young girls into prostitution.
He takes on the inequalities of the justice system, pointing out that social status determines the fate of defendants in the courts. Oftentimes, children of privilege are pardoned while heavy sentences are given to ghetto youth facing similar charges.
He said his 18 months in a Cuban training camp opened his eyes to Cold War espionage in the form of agents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which at the time was monitoring the close relationship between Jamaica and Cuba.
Campbell not only used his Cuban expedition to illustrate how Jamaican politicians exploited the country's youth, but gives an insight into the CIA's presence in the Caribbean.