|Pages/Publication Date:||381 / 2020|
In 1910, Olive MacLeod, a 30-year-old, redheaded Scottish aristocrat, received word that her fiancé, the famous naturalist Boyd Alexander, was missing in Africa—so she went to find him. In jungles, swamps, cities, and deserts, Olive and her two companions, come face-to-face with cobras and crocodiles, a murderous leopard cult, and even two lion cubs that she adopts as her own. Drawing on Olive's own letters and diaries, Brad Ricca follows this woman's incredible story, as she makes her way through a haunted forest to an Islamic warlord who may hold the key to Boyd's disappearance. Along the way, Olive's assumptions prove wrong and she is forced to confront the most shocking secret of all: why she really came to Africa in the first place.
"[Ricca] successfully conveys the powerful, nearly hallucinatory state of grief that MacLeod must have endured over the course of her journey. A swift-moving re-creation of an intrepid, rare spirit of her age."—Kirkus Reviews