To outsiders, St Particles High School in Johannesburg is a model of excellence, producing well-balanced young adults equipped to claim their inheritance as the new leaders of the fledgling democracy. But behind this facade lies a dark secret: the school is dominated by 'Ess Club', a powerful group of senior students who have adopted the worst values of the business and political elite - pride and its six deadly offspring: greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy and sloth. Bright, privileged and utterly ruthless, they manipulate the school for their own gain, their antics invisible behind the polished exterior of the exclusive institution. Senior member Mammuso Mazibuko is hot favourite to become the next chairman of Ess Club. But when her naive younger brother Jacob attracts the attention of a brutish fellow club member, Mammuso is drawn into a sinister and increasingly desperate battle of wits to protect him.