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Anne Cartwright came to Honolulu as the wife of a missionary. Now a widow, she has become a nurse-midwife to the white and native women of Hawaii. She no longer believes that the islanders are savages. Rather, she admires the strength of their passions and the way many of them live in tune with nature. Her dealings with the royal court have given her a glimpse of Kamehameha and his chosen successor. Though neither man is stupid, she fears for the future of the beautiful islands if the Hawaiians' white advisors get any more control of the government. Still reeling from his father's suicide, Dr. Matthew Cabe has come to Hawaii looking for answers. His father's business was in shambles, his island plantation ruined - yet that same plantation now thrives in the hands of Edward Landre, who was Matthew's father's partner. Matthew's persistent inquiries draw the attention of men who intend to overthrow Kamehameha and tie Hawaii forever to the American mainland. When Landre is murdered, Matthew soon finds himself the prime suspect. Smallpox rages across the islands; Matthew is freed from prison to aid in the epidemic. With Anne Cartwright at his side, Matthew begins to see that there is more to Hawaii than pain, death, and conspiracy. And Anne discovers that not all men see her as a servant - that to one man, at least, she is an equal...and more.