Paul Farid, first son of the ruler of Sudan, is a Christian driven to atone for his atrocities when he was a Muslim. Larson Kerr, a doctor devoted to the tribal people of southern Sudan, is estranged from God and atoning her personal sins. Colonel Ben Alier, leader of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army, is fighting for the freedom of his people and to protect those he loves from deceivers like Paul. The bloody civil war that consumes Sudan forces the three to work together for a common goal.

Mills writes with skill and passion about an area of world concern. She lays bare injustice and greed and points the way to redemption through willing sacrifice. (May, 320 pp., $12.99)
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Jill Elizabeth Nelson