Opera singer Franziska Goldmann has fallen on hard times, but a chance encounter with Queen Victoria's musically inclined second son seems to offer Franziska an opportunity to resume her career as a singer. But it is the other unpredictable characters in her life, including her German anarchist lover and a devious procurer, who may ultimately determine her destiny. The haunting story of a lone woman's struggle to escape her fate, this story unfolds against the ironically observed background of colonial society, from the waterfront brothels to the mansions of the rich.
Christopher New is the author of the China Coast trilogy and Goodbye Chairman Mao, The Kaminsky Cure, The Road to Maridur, and A Small Place in the Desert. He taught philosophy for many years at Hong Kong University.