Julia is an American medical doctor fleeing her own privileged background to deliver health care to remote African communities, where her skills really make a difference. Carl is also an American, whose experiences as a black man in the United States have led him to volunteer in Africa. The two come together as colleagues (and lovers) as Liberia is gripped in a brutal civil war. Then Julia is kidnapped and Carl is "rescued" and evacuated against his will by U.S. Marines. Back in the U.S., Carl turns to a Rhode Island doctor who has been a mentor to them both. With the help of a smuggler, they return to Africa illegally and begin the dangerous work of finding and rescuing Julia. This is an unforgettable thriller grounded in real events. A short preface and several appendices add background on Liberia's complex U.S.-linked history, and a glossary illuminates Liberia's Kreyol patois.
About the Author:
Michael Fine is a prize-winning fiction writer, author, community organizer, family physician, and public health official. He is the author of Health Care Revolt, Abundance, The Bull and Other Stories, and Rhode Island Stories, the 2021 IPNE Literary Fiction Book of the Year. He was the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health from 2011 to 2015 and serves as the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island.