In the steamy jungles of colonial Africa, the search is on for a brother’s grave, a mother’s lost discoveries, a legendary treasure city, and a worthy mate. More
In the steamy jungles of colonial Africa, the search is on for a brother’s grave, a mother’s lost discoveries, a legendary treasure city, and a worthy mate. As the story opens, an expedition led and funded by a British nobleman has reached the dangerous jungles of the Congo Free State without killing each other . . . yet. The nobleman’s brother has been missing in the jungle and presumed dead for nearly twenty years; if he can find proof of his brother’s death, he can assume the title of Lord Wellbrooke. Diana’s father was in this same region some twenty years before on an expedition led by her mother and did not want to return but could not resist the opportunity for further linguistic research. When the tree-loving Diana first climbs up into the trees, she encounters a beautiful, naked man who seems to imitate animal sounds and to know no human language. He remains near the expedition, eventually establishing written communication with Diana and teaching her to travel through the branches of the trees, rather than just climbing them. One member of the expedition is killed mysteriously, but the obvious culprit is cleared, and no one wants to accuse the likely culprit. Diana proves herself to be a strong character worthy of being the mate of a man who can survive in the jungle.