By Heather Whipp
Published: March 5, 2012.
Black Pearls weaves a powerful story around Ellie, the beautiful, adopted daughter of a missionary couple. One fateful day in 1903, the murderous crew from a black-birding ship anchored in Baninga Bay, invades Ellie’s village. The simplicity of Ellie's idyllic life, among jungle-clad mountains, white beaches and gentle waterfalls, is no more.