In 1945, an infant left inadvertently to die in the jungles
of the Belgian Congo is discovered by a young Bashilele
tribesman on a mission to claim the head of an enemy.
Recognized as humanâ€”despite her pale white skin and strange
blue eyesâ€”the baby is brought into the tribe and raised as
its own. Thirteen years later, the girlâ€”now called "Ugly
Eyes"â€”will find herself at the center of a controversy that
will rock two separate societies.
Young missionary Amanda Brown hears the incredible stories
of a white girl living among the Bashilele headhunters. In
the company of the local police chief, Captain Pierre
Jardin, and with the witch doctor's wife, the quick-witted
Cripple, along as translator, Amanda heads into the wild
hoping to bring the lost girl back to "civilization." But
Ugly Eyes no longer belongs in their worldâ€”and the secrets
surrounding her birth and disappearance are placing them all
in far graver peril than anyone ever imagined.