Arrested development is a story that is set in Zimbabwe during the hard times when Western countries laid sanctions on the government. The narrator in the story is to travel from max’s Garage to beitbridge on the S. African border to collect figures about irregular migrants. Because of the hard economic times, it is so difficult to get a vehicle to Beitbridge.
When she at last gets one, she meets there a very voluble driver and a business lady Gloria who is going to S. Africa. The driver and Gloria are so vocal on the trip they entertain the rest with their talk. Through their talk, the narrator learns that Gloria and the driver are separately involved in contraband trade (illegal trade). In Gwanda, the vehicle stops to pick another passenger. They then safely travel to Beitbridge where the narrator alights.