Clare, an L.A. ad executive, finds herself stranded on a remote island in the South Pacific. Barclay, and enigmatic local leader, cannot tell her when the next boat is coming, nor will he unravel the disturbing mysteries that dervade the island. Why her hostess, Ngarima, is indifferent to the intruder who attemps to rape Clare? Why does Ngarima's son brave the sea in a homemade boat in desperate attemp to escape the island? And what has happpened to the eerily misshapen boy who inhapits the lagoon? Sex and death haunt this lyrical novel.