Rhodesia, 1943: Paul Bryant hasn't been able to get back in a plane since a fatal bombing mission over Germany. So, instead, the Squadron Leader is flying a desk at a pilot training school at Kumalo air base. But one of his trainees has just been reported missing.
Pip Lovejoy, a volunteer policewoman, is also trying to suppress painful memories. When Felicity Langham, a high profile WAAF from the air base, is found raped and murdered, Pip and Bryant's paths cross.
Suspicion immediately falls on the local black community, but Pip's investigations unearth a link between the Squadron Leader, the controversial heiress Catherine De Beers and the dead woman, which throws the case in a new, disturbing direction.
What Pip thinks is a singular crime of passion soon escalates into a crisis that could change the course of the war.
Tony Park, author of the bestselling Far Horizon and Zambezi, has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant and served with the Australian Army in Afghanistan in 2002. He divides his time between Africa and Australia.