Klougart began documenting the affairs of the many women she met on the beaches of Kenya who introduced her to the sometimes troubling and sometimes empowering world of women who go after exactly what they want and nothing more. There she saw older, single, white women, who were often surrounded by young Kenyans. The hotels in Mombasa were full of European travelers, both male and female, travelling alone.
Everyone at the hotels, from the receptionists to the help, was aware of relationships between those in the hotel and the locals, according to Klougart. Klougart met her first subject, Louise, on the beach. She told Louise that she was doing a story about love. Louise first began living in Kenya in when she went to work as a tour guide.
As a tour guide, she saw many tourists have romances with the locals and she swore that she would never become one of them. Not long after, Louise began dating a Kenyan man and had a child. The three of them moved to France, but Louise kicked the man out after she caught him cheating. She moved back to Kenya so her son Joshua could connect with his roots. The men usually play along because they live in awful poverty. Playing along can guarantee the men a comfortable bed in a hotel, as well as meals and gifts from the women that the men keep or sell for things they need.
Most of the women are from Germany, Switzerland, eastern Europe, and Turkey. They are usually older and wealthy, and sometimes overweight. In many cases, money is handled discreetly so that the women can preserve the fantasy of the romance. Other times, it is far more explicit, with women paying the men directly for sex.
One woman that Klougart met travels from Germany twice a year, staying three weeks each time. She visits the same man each time she comes. When she arrives, she gives the man enough money for him to pay for everything while she is there. In many cases, the men are looking to secure a way out of Kenya to Europe through their lovers. This can lead to elaborate relationships that blur the line between the reality and the fantasy.
Many women get caught up in the fantasy and experience hurt, confusion, and anger when they realise that they were just being used. Most of the time, however, the women are aware that both are using each other. One for companionship and the other for economic security.
For example, one of the women Klougart met works in the hotel industry in Europe and travels to Kenya each year to escape her life. Klougart learned that the practice is not limited to Kenya.