His grandfather taught him the ways of his Native American heritage. Thus, Ainsley Revere is proud of his blood, but also feels out of place in the white civilization where he works. In fact it is his job at the zoo that keeps him anchored, as he loves the big cats. He especially feels connected to Nicte the tiger he shares a special bond with. Once the Big Cat helped in rescuing a girl trapped in a cage with other tigers ready to dine.
At a brothel Ainsley meets hooker Changmi, sold from an orphanage into prostitution slavery. He surprises her as he behaves respectfully towards her unlike most of her clients. Strange to the woman, he seeks to know the real Changmi, not the pleasures of Rose as she is known amidst the trade. She cannot comprehend his motives nor does she trust any patron. Ainsley cannot understand why he cares what happens to Changmi, but since he does he knows he must act on it. However, what to do?
T'ONGIL: THE THIRST FOR LOVE is an intriguing relationship drama that is quite different than the norm due to the setting, the lead couple, and the big cats. The story line grips the audience as readers see inside Ainsley, Changmi, and even several animals as to what makes them what they are. The t'ongil (Korean word for connection) between Ainsley and Changmi, and between Ainsley and three particular cats slowly develop so that readers receive a weird, well written yet complex charmer that character study fans and romance aficionados will want to peruse.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner