It's an explosive situation, and Corris conjures up an atmosphere of brooding tension. British Jeremiah Islands Protectorate, South Pacific, 1928: District Officer Will Naismith doesn't kw it yet, but he is in trouble. The rebellious native leader Eglito is gathering his followers to confront the British once and for all. But there is an even greater threat to Naismith from within his own ranks: from his superior, who is alarmed by Naismith's methods of keeping order, an ambitious young colonial officer and a scheming missionary. When they are joined by Tom Birmingham, a writer with an overactive imagination, his beautiful wife Louise and Richard Webb, war hero turned anthropologist...the islands are set to explode. Corris makes the most of the exotic setting and again conviction in style and character puts it into what deserves to be best-seller league.