"Best historical novelist: I say Wilbur Smith."--Stephen King"Action is Smith's game, and he is a master.""--The Washington Post Book World"
Bruce Curry is the leader of a mercenary band with the dubious support of three white officers. His mission is to relieve a mining town cut off by the fighting and to retrieve a priceless consignment of diamonds. Ranged against his ill-disciplined unit are bandits, guerillas and hostile tribes that infest the land. But there is another, even deadlier enemy - one of his own men...