Ever since his arrival in the house on the mountain, Charlie Carter, a volunteer
worker from England, has been convinced that the house is haunted; after questioning
locals, he learns that seventy years earlier, Shula, a young native girl was entombed
alive by the sexually jealous wife of a colonial settler. Has she ever left the house?
Charlie is in Katamara, a village in 1970s rural Kenya working on a hospital building
project and hoping to ﬁnd a woman to become his wife. He ﬁnds three. The beautiful
Esmeralda: but he has to contend with his dubious deputy Freddie (Bristow) and the
local policeman (Corporal Adonis Musyoka), the one-man crime-prevention guru of Katamara,
both of whom are also besotted with this outrageous tantalizing teen. And there is
Jennifer, the Irish hospital nurse, herself escaping a troubled past and Aisha, Freddie’s
secret lover. Can Charlie win Jennifer or rescue Aisha from Freddie and the squalid
shantytown in which she lives?
But in a giant country beneath a giant sky can a ghost girl emerge from the hate
and vengeance of a colonial horror story to restore humour, love and decency to the
There are no ghosts in Kenya. Shula and the Goats From Tala is a tale of assassination