Paris, 1923 The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah
Drummond is already notorious, even amongst Paris society.
But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her
oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and
her favorite stepfather's savannah manor house until gossip
subsides. Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton
of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are
bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris.
As mistress of this wasted estate, Delilah falls into the
decadent pleasures of society. Against the frivolity of her
peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to
Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex
beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and
elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red
dust. Here, life is lush and teeming-yet fleeting and often
cheap. Amidst the wonders-and dangers-of Africa, Delilah
awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat,
darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only
when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah
discover what is truly worth fighting for-and what she can
no longer live without.