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Emily is a thirty year old spinster sent to the Carribean to see the state of her father's plantation. After a treacherous sea voyage on which her maid dies, Emily arrives to find that her father's plantation manager has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and in his place is the new plantation manager, Arnold Brown. Brown slowly seduces Emily, who incurs the wrath of Brown's former slave mistress. She soon begins to fear that Brown's former mistress is insane, and her life may be in danger.
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Meanwhile, Brown's mistress' husband, a slave named Cambridge, is also distressed. He knows that Brown is using his wife (whose mental state is delicate), yet he is powerless to stop him. Cambridge's anger at Brown grows when he learns that Brown is a brutal overseer who may have had a hand in murdering his predecessor. When an attempt to confront Brown turns tragic, Cambridge stands unjustly accused of Brown's murder.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   late discovery that lover does bad Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   slavery Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Caribbean Islands

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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