The Prinsloos’ life seemed to work quite well. Lodewyk Prinsloo is married, and has (how many?)children at school and works as a clerk-in-charge. They are an average and respectable family.
However, it turns out that Mr. Prinsloo is classified as a coloured person on his birth certificate. He had labelled himself as a member of the white race. Then, two inspectors pay him a visit and tell him what penalty he has to face. Lodewyk tries to explain that most of his family was white, and even his mother looked white, even though she was classified as a coloured woman. Nevertheless, the inspectors ignore what Lodewyk says and inform him that he is discharged that same day because a coloured man is not allowed to be a clerk-in-charge. Moreover, he has to move from his current town to a place where coloureds are allowed to live. Even his children have to change school because they are not allowed to attend a school for whites anymore. Finally, the policemen tell him that he has three months to meet these requirements.
As a result their well-ordered family life was totally upset in just a few moments.