This story offers a unique glimpse of apartheid Africa in the mid 1940s. A baby is taken from her home at 3 wks of age from a member of a native tribe with the sole purpose of ransoming the baby. This never occurs and the baby is found by a member of another tribe and taken to be raised as one of their own. Thirteen years later a missionary goes in search of this white girl and brings her back to introduce her to society. This is where the story takes off with various twists and turns along the way. It uncovers a much deeper conspiracy revolving around the diamond trade at its hayday.
This is a tragic, emotionally charged story that will take the reader to a place never imagined. All revolving around one white girl and the two worlds that want to keep her, but end up tearing apart the delicate balance of the world that she comes from.
From Tamar Myers, author of The Witch Doctor's Wife, comes a spellbinding tale of equatorial Africa and a child torn dangerously between two worlds.
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 human—despite her pale white skin and strange blue eyes—the baby is brought into the tribe and raised as its own. Thirteen years later, the girl—now called "Ugly Eyes"—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 world—and the secrets surrounding her birth and disappearance are placing them all in far graver peril than anyone ever imagined.