Set in a bleak future where roving gangs of children terrorize city streets, and reality is often an illusion.
Doris Lessing called her novel, this movie's source book, "an attempt at autobiography". Apparently, "Memoirs" was written as a response to book editors wanting Lessing to write an autobiography. According to Tom Sperlinger's "An Interview with Doris Lessing" in "The Reader", author Doris Lessing said that her source novel of this movie developed out of a "very hubristic" ambition to write an autobiography in dreams. The book is commonly described as being a a dystopian novel.