Olu is the middle child in his family. He often feels unloved and left out and is convinced his brother is his daddy’s favourite child. He also believes his sister Funmi is his mother’s favourite child. Olu tries to win his parents’ love and become their favourite child. Olu’s parents tell him they love all their children equally and that there is no need to compete. Olu doesn’t believe them. When his birthday arrives, he compares his birthday celebration events to his brother’s birthday events and realizes, to his surprise, that he is as loved as his siblings.
Beyond the Trial is a collection of three short stories. The first story, Erased Reproach, is the story of young love and ruthless heartbreak. Funke, a teenager at the beginning of the story, gives in to peer pressure and ends up with an unwanted pregnancy which leads her into forced exile from her childhood home.