Part romance, part travelogue, part murder mystery, featuring characters whose paths cross in the wilds of Africa.
The story revolves around Delilah Drummond, a vain and promiscuous young woman whose behavior has caught the attention of the media and embarrassed her grandfather, a wealthy landowner in Louisiana who extends a generous allowance to Delilah and her mother, Mossy, the woman Delilah has emulated. Mother and daughter meet in Paris after Delilah’s latest husband commits suicide before their divorce is finalized. One of his cousins has filed suit against Delilah for the family jewels. It is Delilah’s greedy and callous response that has inspired the media attention. Delilah’s mother and one of Delilah’s ex-stepfathers, Nigel, as well as one of her own ex-husbands (now her friend and attorney), advise her to maintain a lower profile and suggest she spend some time in Africa on Nigel’s estate. Once in Africa, Delilah meets an old friend, an artist with whom she will have an affair, and the fascinating Ryder White, with whom she will fall in love. Delilah also meets the neighboring wealthy white landowners, as well as many poor natives. Africa transforms Delilah in ways she could never imagine.
An exotic journey of redemption.