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Aminata, who is called Meena throughout this novel, is a black African muslim girl who lives in a small village called Bayo.  One day her father tells her the story of how he met her mother. He saw the future Mrs. Meena carrying yams on her head and this excited him. Her father loved the muscles of her legs and the heels of her feet.

Really, this is what we are supposed to believe--that Meena's dad was attracted to the bottom of her feet, not her breasts or ass. How could he even see the bottom of her feet? Already this book starts with ridiculousness.

Once he saw how beautiful her heels were, Meena's dad knew instantly that she would be his wife. So he romantically bought her from her father for six goats, seven bars of iron, ten copper pieces, and 400 seashells. 400 seashells! He must really have valued Meena's mom, heh heh.

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Meena encounters Fanta, the wife of the village chief, who dislikes Meena. For once she has good cause. Meena, still a child, takes Fanta's baby and tries to get it to suck her nipples. Fanta slapped her in the face when she caught Meena trying to simulate this erotic act with her baby.

Meena's mom is a "baby catcher", she reached into women's v_ginas and pulled out their babies when they were about to give birth, and Meena watched and learned how to put her hand inside a woman's v_gina to see if her hole was large enough to squeeze out the baby. Soon Meena is up to her elbows in sweaty, glistening v_ginas just like her Mom. Meena enjoys the smell and woman to woman contact.

Her Mom tells Meena that soon she will start bleeding from her v_gina, but not to worry, that Mom would take a sharp razor blade and cut off parts of it.  Meena was not excited about this but Mom told her that in their Muslim culture, no man would want to marry her unless part of her v_gina had been cut off. Meena points out that some girls die from having their v_ginas cut off but her Mom tells her not to worry, while it will be incredibly painful, Meena will love it!

But before Meena's Mom gets a chance to cut off her v_gina, she is captured by slavers. Meena sees a slaver club her Mom so hard that her brains come out. So now her Mom will never get the chance to cut off her v_gina. Then Meena's dad gets killed by a magical "firestick".

Meena is held down and one of her breasts is branded like she's a cow! She now bears the mark of her new master. As they march to the coast, Meena makes friends with a boy named Chekura. He's a slave himself and yet is also working for the slavers, helping them out. And yet Meena still likes Chekura even though Chekura helped enslave her.

Meena boards a ship for a long voyage. Did I mention that most of the slavers are black? Yes, blacks are enslaving blacks! Meena is made to sleep in the bed of the "Medicine Man", the local witch doctor. The Medicine Man tries to bone Meena but she gives him a firm stare and refuses. He accepts her refusal. Does anyone believe this?

Instead, the Medicine Man pulled other slaves into his bed, the same bed that Meena is also sleeping in. So Meena is forced to watch and listen while the Medicine Man boned other women two inches away from her! After boning a slave and "shuddering" inside of her, the Medicine Man would give the slave a bright bit of cloth as a reward, sort of like a sex souvenir.

Meena encounters Fanta on the slave ship. Fanta tells her that if they hadn't been enslaved, that Meena's father would have sold her to the village chief to become the village chief's junior wife, second to Fanta. Meena does not believe it. Fanta says if Meena had become the junior wife, that Fanta would have beaten her senseless.

When the Medicine Man pulls Fanta into his bed for some sex, afterwards Fanta takes a knife and kills the Medicine Man's favorite parrot. Then there is a slave revolt on the ship. The slaves get loose and start killing slavers. But the slavers have magical firesticks and kill many slaves. Fanta takes the knife and slits her own baby's throat. Does this make any sense to you?
Then Fanta takes the knife and kills the Medicine Man.

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