When her selfish, flighty sister leaves home following a false promise of marriage to a wealthy sugar plantation owner, Alyssa becomes solely responsible for her poor, deranged mother and for Thea’s bastard son. Viciously raped, then thrown out of the family home, she goes on the run, fleeing her cruel rapist. Alyssa’s journey is a perilous one. It will take her far from the Black Country to the wild shores of the Caribbean and put her in the path of evil men determined to despoil the young girl. For the palm-fringed island of Jamaica is home to a pernicious trade: white slavery . . .