The arrival of a tank of lobsters in the General Store in Klippiesfontein, South Africa, makes everyone uncomfortable. This isn't the kind of place that welcomes change. Worst of all, the lobsters aren't the only surprise Oom Marius, shop proprietor and upstanding citizen, has in store for the townsfolk. Klippiesfontein is divided by feelings of suspicion versus loyalty, intolerance versus solidarity. In a town troubled by undercurrents of racism and poverty, some people show their worst traits while others shine through with humour and affection in this touching story of friendship, marriage, kindness, redemption, and brightly coloured shellfish.