The message was short. 'I want to see you now. I want you to come to me, it doesnt matter how late it is, and tell me exactly what you want from me.' Like the world around him, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Adam Kellass life is showing distinct signs of cracking apart. Against his better judgement, Kellas divorced, unstable, spurned by his lover and by the world of letters accepts a war assignment from his newspaper. It is the beginning of a journey which takes him from the mountains of Afghanistan to the elegant dinner tables of north London, the marshlands of the American South and, ultimately, to the darkest realms of the human imagination. Only the memory of the beautiful, elusive Astrid, a fellow reporter in Afghanistan, offers him the possibility of hope. With all the explosive drama of The Peoples Act of Love, James Meeks new novel spans continents and cultures. It is a timeless tale of folly and the pursuit of love, set against the incendiary politics of our time.