Zinga could be an elite in any part of the world, but he's the king of his small naive country of Zauzei. Zauzei is a community with deeply entrenched tradition. One of those traditions was a strange marriage rites that requires King Zinga to confirm new brides as virgins by having sex with them as part of prerequisite for their marriage.
Zinga finds himself in a situation where the fate of a girl who he knew was not a virgin laid in his hands. They had an extraordinary, exciting time together more than a decade before then. Zinga is a figure that should protect the honor of Zauzei, but now he needs to decide if tradition is excusable or not.