During the reign of Queen Victoria, Englishmen answering the call of Empire voyaged out to take possession of half their known world. In Africa some pioneers headed north from the Cape in search of gold and loot, or cattle and land. Others went for glory and the pursuit of a dream.
For Zouga Ballantyne the dream of the north began in the danger and drudgery of the diamond pits of Kimberly and ended on the rich grasslands of Matabeleland below the Zambezi River--but not before a king had died and a nation of proud warriors had been shattered.
"Wilbur Smith's books reflect the vitality of the times about which he writes. To understand how the African continent was, how its people have evolved, nothing beats one of the author's fine historical novels." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)