The sixth Amelia Peabody mystery finds our heroine and her husband Emerson and 10-year-old son Ramses heading further up the Nile and into the desert than ever before. It is the winter of 1897-98. An explorer-scientist and his new bride disappeared into the wilds of Nubia (present-day Sudan) some 14 years before, and wars have prevented communication with or a search for them in the mean time. Now a cryptic message apparently from the missing man turns up at his wealthy father's home in London, and the old man begs Emerson and Amelia to find the couple. Our heroes journey up to the big curve in the river at Merowe and then west into the desert, where they eventually find a rich, primitive culture in the hidden valleys which resembles the ancient Egyptian civilizations they have studied for many years. But are they guests or prisoners of the two princes who are locked in a power struggle for the throne of this isolated and primitive society? Where is the missing white couple? And will Ramses succeed in getting in even more trouble than ever?
This report prepared by David Loftus