Meg Hilton, last remaining heir of a West Indian sugar-tycoon clan (celebrated in four previous tomes), is as gorgeous, tempestuous, and willful as her Hilltop forbears--and, like them, she has a soft spot in her heart for the blacks, one of whom, Cleave, gives her her first orgasm (to voodoo accompaniment) when she runs away from her ghastly cousin Oriole at the age of 15. After her night in the bush (""a climax of physical and emotional pleasure, a bursting of the dam of uncertainty and ignorance and inhibition with which she had been walled for so long""), multi-orgasmic Meg is shipped off to England to catch a husband--and seduced on the boat by ubiquitous Oriole. As soon as she can get it together, Meg flees England to return to her beloved Hilltop, only to find her father dead. As a woman, she cannot rule her plantation; she must marry--and the man she has loved since childhood, sea captain Alan McAvoy, will not change his name to Hilton and become her front man. This is only the beginning of Meg's troubles and triumphs, which include pregnancy (twice) by men not her husband; marriage to wimpy but brutal Billy Reynolds; running guns to Cuba with Alan, only to be imprisoned, gang-raped, and tortured by the Spanish; being certified insane and locked up by Billy and Oriole for years; running away to Cleave--not to mention trial-by-voodoo, murder, and the biggest damn' earthquake ever to hit the Islands--Hiltons never do anything halfway. If, by the end, Meg and Exhausted Reader simultaneously conclude that ""the Hiltons are dead"" (Meg gives away her land), they sure go out in a blaze of glory in this sexploitation Mandingo fandango.