The main conflict concerns the band of thieves attempting to steal money from Jonathan Iwegbu in the middle of the night. Following the Nigerian Civil War, Jonathan Iwegbu is fortunate to have a healthy family, his bicycle, and his home intact. After moving back to his home, he opens a bar and begins serving the ex-soldiers. One day, Jonathan exchanges his "rebel money" and is given twenty pounds ex gratia. That night, Jonathan and his family are sound asleep when they hear loud pounding on their door—there is a band of armed thieves outside of their home.
They initially demand that Jonathan give them one hundred pounds as they shoot their automatic rifles in the sky. They threaten to break into Jonathan's home and shoot his family if he does not give them the money. Fortunately, the thieves accept Jonathan's twenty pounds ex gratia, which he was given earlier that day. The following day, Jonathan's neighbors lament about the thieves stealing their money. However, Jonathan reveals his positive mind state by saying,
"What is egg-rasher? Did I depend on it last week? Or is it greater than other things that went with the war? I say, let egg-rasher perish in the flames! Let it go where everything else has gone. Nothing puzzles God." (4)