Bay of Souls
by Robert Stone
Michael Ahearn is a loving father, vaguely discontented husband and professor at a mediocre rural college. Lara Purcell, meanwhile, is an expert in ... Show synopsis Michael Ahearn is a loving father, vaguely discontented husband and professor at a mediocre rural college. Lara Purcell, meanwhile, is an expert in third world politics, newly arrived on the campus from the Caribbean. Michael finds himself inexorably drawn to her, his obsession fuelled by their mutual attraction and quickly spiralling into an affair. When Lara flees to her native island of St. Trinity, Michael follows, heedless of the political upheaval there. Together he and Lara find themselves ensnared by island intrigues, and while Lara sacrifices herself to ritual and superstition, Michael is caught unawares in a high-stakes smuggling scheme. Bay Of Souls is the story of a naive academic unexpectedly embroiled in third world corruption, of diplomats and covert operatives, of idealists and opportunists, of a wild and dangerous passion. Robert Stone paints a terrifying yet magical picture of a place where experience proves unreliable and carefully wrought certainties are violently overturned.