In exile, Chaka accepts the protection of a more powerful and benevolent king, Dingiswayo, and assists him in defeating the ruthless and cruel king Zwide.
While Dingiswayo balances the agricultural prosperity of his kingdom with its defense, Chaka will turn every element toward the development of a military machine.
After Chaka defeats his armies, "Zwide was captured alive and taken to Dingiswayo, because Dingiswayo did not permit a king to be killed" (Chaka: a New Translation 65).
At the earliest opportunity, he launches a surprise attack on Dingiswayo, who, like Zwide, is captured.
This can be identified as a historical novel, because the main characters (Jobe, Dingiswayo, Zwide) are historically attested and the narrated events had a bearing in shaping the history of the Zulu nation during the reign of Dingiswayo, the Mthethwa king, protector and mentor of young Shaka.
On his enthronement he changed his name to Dingiswayo ("The needy one") and began to reign wisely.
Dingiswayo understood the precarious position of his territory, squeezed between Portuguese Mozambique and the British Cape Colony, and saw the need to strengthen the Mthethwa to enable them to resist possible incursions from north or south.
Minor characters are Malusi, whose death causes the great Mthethwa-Ndwandwe war in which Dingiswayo is killed; Jobe, Godongwane's murderous father; Dingiwe, Godongwane's sister; and a few others.
His natural father Yohane Banda - now happily remarried - is celebrating the birth of son Dingiswayo on July 19.
While David can look forward to luxury and privilege, Dingiswayo faces a life of struggle.
With the arrival of Dingiswayo he believes he can offer a David a more stable upbringing.
17), to lure Dingiswayo
, chief of the Mthethwa clan, to his death.