Incident at Badamya Author:Dorothy Gilman Gen Ferris, the only daughter of an American missionary, spent her entire childhood in Southeast Asia, where her mother died of malaria and her father shot himself. Now, an orphan at sixteen, she sets off for Rangoon, hoping to catch up with a steamer and make her way to the United States. With barely a hundred dollars in her knapsack, her mysti... more »cal puppet Zawgwi, an expired passport, a bankbook, her father's gold watch, a slingshot, and the address of an American aunt in New York City that she's never met, Gen is prepared to meet her 'kan'--her destiny. But she's not prepared for soldiers of the Red Army, who capture the plucky Ameiyikan,' and hold her hostage with a group of lost travelers.
At first, these fellow captives seem quite worldly: The widow of an English peer; a beautiful, notorious murderess; the mystical, submissive wife of an archeologist; an Armenian American; a greedy travel writer; and a Burmese puppet-master. But as often happens when people are too close and danger is too real their masks fall away, other faces emerge, and life's secrets are exposed. As each of the prisoners reveals his story, the captors plot their deaths and Gen plans her escape.« less