By Wilbur A. Smith
The Van Der Byl Diamond corporation, willed by means of its founder to his son Benedict, daughter Tracey and estranged foster-child Johnny Lance, seems to be a bequest now not of affection, yet of hatred. For it truly is couched in such phrases as to supply Benedict an device of destruction of his bitterest rival. 'Destroy Johnny' was once the previous man's implacable message to his son, and, obsessively jealous of his foster-brother, Benedict units out in ruthless pursuit of this goal.
In a determined bid to aid Johnny, Tracey acquires for him the concession within the diamond-rich seabed around the coral islands of Thunderbolt and Suicide off the savage South West African coast, and Johnny throws all his assets into the development of a vessel that would recuperate the stones from the sea ground and service his fortune eventually. yet Benedict, already concerned with unlawful diamond-dealing as a sideline, seizes this opportunity to assault his rival and, with a community of accomplices and a few creative digital tampering, plots to siphon off the diamonds. Johnny won't basically be ruined by way of his liabilities, he'll even be a giggling stock.
However, Benedict's obsessive jealousy is his undoing. He can't withstand stripping his rival of his attractive yet bitchy spouse Ruby besides, and whilst he then discards her, she takes her revenge, precipitating a climax of homicide and destruction that consumes Benedict at last.
Narrated with Wilbur Smith's impossible to resist using thrust, it is a story of brotherly hatred, redeemed purely through the deepening love among Johnny and Tracey. it truly is set in London, Cape city, at the thunderous seas round the ocean diamond fields and results in a last disagreement among Johnny and Benedict within the blistering hyena-infested wasteland.