The Golden Isle Author:Frank G. Slaughter Michael pounded the table with a fist, if only for the sake of form. "You'll suffer for this kidnaping, and you know it." "Kidnaping, Doctor?" You've a contract as the chief doctor at Mr. Leigh's compound in Africa. Three years with payment in advance to your London agent , Dr. Felix Holly, I have the paper here." Michael — glanced at the squar... more »e of foolscap the Spaniiard offered. "It's a contract right enough, I find no signature," "You'll sign, Doctor, when your anger has cooled a bit, I promised Mr. Leigh that much the day we left England."
It was thus that Adam Leigh trapped Michael Stone into serving as estate doctor to his Florida slave kingdom. A villainous Scot who lived on the coastal bayou in Spanish Florida,breeding and training in black chattels by the thousands, Leigh's power was absolute in that lawless land. When he shipped Michael to his African depot, the old tyrant knew that his daughter-in-law, Marian, was on the same vessel, and trusted that Michael would make love to her, for that, too, was part of Leigh's scheme.
Later,Michael swam ashore from a Florida-bound blackbirder and was sheltered by Dimity, herself a fugitive. Tricked into resuming his post on Leigh's vast Florida acres, he found a new purpose in beating down Leigh's avarice and improving the worse-than-animal lot of the slaves.
And then Marian returned with a child that Michael knew must be his own son. Michael found that he must make a hard choice-between Dimity, whom he had married and Marian, whom he could not help loving. he makes that choice as filibusters battle in Fernandina, as fire sweeps the plantation, and as the slaves themselves flame into revolt against their evil owner.« less