The central character of the story is Malcolm Sussman, the third child of a typical Jewish family living in Port Elizabeth in the early 1940s, raised by an over-protective Yiddishe Mama, who lavished love on “her baby” and a father who was the product of a difficult childhood in Bialystok, Belarus, where he was caught up in the anti-Semitic pogroms of the Bolshevik revolution. Prone to volatile and unpredictable outburst of temper, as a father he terrified his younger son. An extremely sensitive child, Malcolm constantly felt threatened by the darkness of unexpected violence around him, both at home and at school. With the onset of adolescence, the innocence of his sheltered childhood is shattered and Malcolm feels increasingly estranged and internally wounded. This precipitates his search for answers to what he sees as essentially a meaningless existence. Torn between fear of his father, expectations of “following in his father’s footsteps” so as to take over the family business, and his own desires and inclinations, Malcolm struggles to find his own direction in life. Along the way, he meets and befriends an eclectic array of people from all walks of life and thus his story is peppered with colourful, memorable characters, anecdotes and amusing incidents, amidst all the difficulties, hardships and challenges – emotional and physical – that Malcolm also has to face, endure, or find ways of overcoming. This is essentially the story of one man’s search for meaning – Malcolm Sussman, who found the inner courage, strength and drive to take “the road less travelled”. Breaking away from the conventional mores of his Jewish background and upbringing, challenging family expectations and the prevailing norms and values of the day, especially in Apartheid South Africa, Malcolm sets out to chart his own course and live a life of service to those who are physically and mentally challenged and with whom he feels a strong affinity. Together with his sweetheart Delia, who shares his passion and interest in curative education and later becomes his wife, they embark on a life and career devoted to the inhouse care of intellectually challenged adults and children, whilst simultaneously raising their own family of four children. This book is a recounting of “the way that Malcolm walked” – beyond fear and timidity, between darkness and light – to find his own way to “live the questions”, unconventionally in conventional times, whilst staying true always to his own Inner Calling.