Sarah St. James's father, governor of British Guiana, committed suicide when he lost his own--and investors'--money in a failed attempt to steal rubber-tree seeds from Rodolfo King, a plantation owner who tortures his workers and holds them as virtual prisoners. To carry out the seed scheme, Sarah engages Morgan Kane, a crude American adventurer, and Henry Sebastian Longfellow, a Putumayan pygmy raised as an English gentleman. Each man bears a personal grudge against the patroon.
The odd threesome begin what seems an interminable trek through the Amazon jungle, where they battle snakes, fire ants, alligators and other hostile wildlife. They are swept over a waterfall and find members of their entourage decapitated. Eventually the team finds and corners King.
Another great historical romance writer. All her books have been great and this is no exception.
Shadow Hero -- A god to the Indians of the Amazon, a lusty adventurer whose courage was renowned, Morgan Kane was in truth a rogue and a charlatan -- a handsome deceiver whose legend was more illusion. Shadow Past -- Leaving the glitter of London behind, beautiful Sarah St. James sought justice in a lush and savage wilderness -- surrendering her destiny to Kane -- a virile opportunist who secretly planned to use and then abandon her... Shadow Play -- Bound by ties of vengeance, together they braved the merciless heart of darkness -- only to be swept up in a raging tide of danger... and a passionate ecstasy beyond dreams...