From the Author
On a night in Lagos at an Embassy party Jeffriesmeets the American Ambassador's daughter, Maureen Cahill. There hepursues her and she eludes him on her own mission which he comes to believe tobe a tryst in a darkened poolside bathhouse with aNigerian. Rejecting her as not worthy of his attention, he returnsto his plateau sanctuary to concentrate on his pending lucrative contract withthe government and forget her.
Because his work has taken him into that regionand he knows it well, the ambassador's aid meets him at his hill stationretreat and informs him that Maureen has traveled to the mangrove infestedRivers area of the rebellious state of Biafra to a tiny desolate island nearthe site of the oil discovery - the target for invading federal forces led bythe fierce Colonel Barka. The tiny island is accessible only bysmall pirogue poled by a skilled boatmen. At this place she hasjoined an Ibo Catholic priest and an idealistic but naïve young Americanphysician, Larry Bartlett, to aid the refugees.
Stilltrying to get her out of his mind, the self-centered Jeffries must decidewhether to act or not - to risk everything by leaving his safe and comfortablesurroundings to venture on a mission that will take him into the darkest cornerof a war torn land.