Two businessmen seduced by the opportunities of the Gold Coast. Two lovers twice denied happiness by another man’s greed. Two young men of mixed African and European heritage exploited by unscrupulous leaders from both worlds. One boy who makes his own destiny.
In 1667 Samuel Hastings and his business partner, Albert Dross, set sail for Africa to earn their fortunes in trans-Atlantic slave trafficking. This decision will change the lives of hundreds, inciting kings to war and tearing families apart to support a trade that will spread untold wealth—and shame—across three continents and two centuries.
I was born and grew up in West Africa, which is where I gained my knowledge of and love for African culture. I am proud to share both through my stories. My goal is to help readers understand slavery from an African perspective, using characters, some fictional and some historical, to tell the story. This book was written to answer questions for those who are wondering about their African ancestors. Mainly, I would like to keep the history of human slavery alive in people’s minds so that we can avoid repeating our past mistakes. This novel exists to create awareness around the origins of slavery in Africa as well as the deep agony and despair it has inflicted. I tell stories to fulfill an ongoing mission to inform, educate, and entertain people from all walks of life.
BRIAN O’TOOLE, youngest and most recent jack tar to take service on the guineaman Jayne-Anne, bound for the Gold Coast of Africa, stopped his deck scrubbing to listen to the argument from the gentlemen passengers’ cabin.
“Samuel, I am ill! I see specters! As you love me, as a good Christian man, tell the captain to put in at the nearest port. I need a proper physician!”
“Nonsense, Martin. ’Tis nothing but a fever, and the ship’s surgeon says it must take its course. The governor awaits us, and we have no time to lose. Have you forgotten why we’re here? This is no pleasure cruise.”