Spanning decades and continents--from the war-torn skies of Europe to present-day South Africa--this classic novel tells of a beautiful French woman's struggle to make a new life for herself in South Africa.
Centaine de Thiry grew up with privilege, wealth, and freedom on a sprawling French estate. Then war came crashing down around her, and a daring young South African aviator named Michael Courtney stole her heart amidst the destruction. But the tides of fate and battle sent the young woman on a journey across a dangerous sea to the coast of Africa. When Centaine' s ship is torpedoed and sunk, she is plunged into a shark-filled sea miles from the unseen shore. And when she reaches land, Centaine puts foot not in the lush world that Michael Courtney described to her, but on the edge of a burning desert-- alone and fighting for her life. In a strange world, under a great rushing sky, Centaine sets forth in the company of wandering Bushmen-- and then into the arms of a renegade white soldier who may be her savior or destruction. As Michael Courtney' s family searches for Centaine, she comes near her promised land-- and the untold tragedy and riches that it holds...
You can get lost in Wilbur Smith... with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. -- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
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