The first volume of the autobiography of one of the most celebrated authors in Afrikaans. The book covers the first 25 years of Joubert's life, from her childhood in Paarl, her student years in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, first teaching posts and introduction to journalism. It is an autobiography that portrays in vivid detail a key era in the history of the country as well as the making of an author. Joubert does not try to avoid controversy, and touches for instance on her involvement with the Ossewabrandwag. The most important image, though, is that of the writer who experienced the lure of words virtually her whole life, and who tried to find her own voice in the tumultuous time after World War II.