This is the diary that Sheila wrote from 1944 to 1948. It relates the aspirations of an exceptional and determined young Mauritian girl who is ahead of her time, who questions the prejudices of the day, and who keeps hoping for a better future not only for herself but also for her own country. She describes vividly life at Le Château du Réduit under British governors, the hardships endured by the population during the war and the social injustices of her time. But when her diary becomes almost like a fiction is when she narrates her encounter with German visitors, including a famous commando and a top personality. But truth is indeed stranger than fiction, as Sheila herself puts it.