Martinique, 1765: Brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master, Father Cleophas, with a mission. They must return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back the 42 slaves claimed by English invaders at the hospital plantation in Fort Royal. While Lucien, barely in his teens, sees the trip as a great adventure, the older and worldlier Emile has no illusions about the dangers they will face. But with no choice other than to obey Cleophas, and sensing the possibility of finding his first love Celeste, he sets out with his brother on this 'reckless venture.’
Based on a remarkable and little-known true story, Jane Harris' eagerly awaited third novel is both a heart-breaking trip into our troubled colonial past.
Praise for the author: “Jane Harris is rather special.” THE OBSERVER
“It is rare to read a literary novel where the storytelling is as skilful as the writing is fine, […] Harris has pulled off the only too rare double whammy.” THE SUNDAY TIMES