Encouraged by one of his teachers, the young Victor Nyiko seeks to become a teacher himself. But before he can sit for the entrance examination to get into a teachers’ training college, his role model leaves the teaching service. Victor’s father, who would rather see his son become a soldier just like him, forbids him from pursuing his dream.
Unfortunately, Victor’s sister, Fenkwen, suffers a similar fate, when the father forces her to stop school and tries to marry her off. A maternal uncle comes to her rescue, and against the father’s wishes, he takes both Fenkwen and Victor to stay with him.
While living with his maternal uncle, Victor learns how to play the guitar, takes lessons to prepare for an entrance exam into a teacher training school, and runs a Sunday school in collaboration with Coretta Neh. One day, Grace, the Rev. Minister’s daughter, fights with Coretta over Victor. Embarrassed as a result, his uncle sends him away and back into the clutches of his authoritarian father. Contact with both Coretta and Grace is severed.
Again, Victor’s father tries to use his influence to get Victor into a military training school, but the selections officer turns him down, advising him to get a sound educational background before reapplying so that, if admitted, he does not remain a common soldier all his working life.
Undeterred, Victor runs away to another town, Okit, where he gets a job as a farm labourer, hoping to earn enough to transform his dream into reality. Here, his musical talent shines through and he catches the attention of the leaders of the Nka Kingdom church. They offer him a job as a probationary teacher while he directs the church choir. Alongside all this, Victor finds time to play music in a night-club, and this brings him local fame and enough money.
Finally Victor gets the chance to train as a teacher and, out of the blue, he one day meets Grace. He still resents her for he was innocent and never had any amorous feelings for Grace. She apologizes profusely and explains why she fought with Coretta. She had secretly fallen in love with him, but when she realized how closely he worked with Coretta, and she could not get near him or even attract his attention, she felt jealous, hence the fight. She reiterated her love for him. The two make up and eventually get married and set home in Okit.
But Victor’s salary in a private school is not only meagre but also irregular. In the face of financial adversity, and the ensuing rising tension in his household, Victor applies for, and qualifies to train as a police man. With a heavy heart he quits the teaching profession. But when he graduates and rises to become a police officer with the responsibility to teach and to train young police men, he fulfills both his father’s yearning to have a son who is a law-enforcer, and his own desire to teach – albeit in a policy academy.
At 142 pages, My Temptations is an absorbing read and the story keeps the reader glued through the valleys and crests. The book was first published in 2005 by The Cure Series Publishers in Cameroon.