The memoir opens with a tragic political happening: in South Africa, the government deemed that people’s race could be legally changed in a manner of days and that the government itself would decide what a person’s race would legally be from that point onward. This change-of-race resulted in catastrophic happenings. Families were torn apart – parents would be considered "white" and their children considered "coloured," or vice-versa.
The Greatest Magician by Elena Paige begins with the impending threat of explosions at the popular Magicians’ Convention. Jack, at the present a famed magician, is faced with a personal affront and is thrown back to the first time he attended the convention. Immensely frustrated by his complete lack of magical powers, the younger Jack dreads having to perform with the rest of his talented family, including his famous mother.