The book begins with the author’s introduction and his vision about the origin of the Gypsies. Born from a mare, a dark and temperamental young man encounters prejudices and persecution everywhere due to his different looks and character. People start calling him a Gypsy with the intention of insulting him. But over time the young man starts to love the name ‘Gypsy’ – it begins to sound beautiful to him and so he makes it the core of his identity. The first Gypsy bears children and thus the Gypsy people and nation are born. To his descendants he becomes Phuro, the authority and leader of all Gypsies. In the novel itself, Phuro appears as the mythical ancestor who laid down the laws, traditions and spiritual basis of the Gypsies and their customs, which are either respected and followed or transgressed. The novel tells the story of two families living in a big city that has recently been ravaged by war. From the Gypsy perspective, the city is ruled by the aged Roma patriot Mofal and his younger brother Marfalo. As the eldest son, Mofal is in the position of the leader of the family and the clans, despite the city being divided equally between the two brothers. The children of Marfalo and Mofal grow up together. Mofal and Marfalo’s eldest sons, Carajan and Zoran, call themselves blood brothers. The Gypsy quarter, the area surrounding the market square of the city, has traditionally been a common territory, but this soon begins to change. In order to secure Carajan’s future, Mofal intends to gift him this part of the town, which is the best area for livelihoods and trade. This leads to dissatisfaction among Marfalo’s family. For Zoran, Carajan now appears as an insurmountable competitor. The relations between the cousins become tense, which further erodes relations between the brothers Mofal and Marfalo. The situation is not made any easier by the fact that Carajan and his cousin Gimara are falling in love with each other. In addition to the inappropriateness of being close relatives, they represent the most powerful families in the Roma tribe, making their relationship unacceptable in the eyes of the Roma. Zoran tells Carajan to leave his sister alone and with his mother they try to get Gimara to marry Bagro, the son of rich Fargo - the king of cards who runs a casino in the port of the city. Fargo represents “new status”, with wealth but no real authority within the community. A battle of power, conspiration and plotting takes place among the Gypsies of the city, escalating into a fateful and irreversible series of events. Employing its large gallery of characters, the novel introduces the whole spectrum of Roma culture with its multiple levels and hierarchies. Phuro concentrates on depicting the process of change that takes place when the new and old cultures meet; when the relationship with one’s own tradition disintegrates, and greed and envy take over.