When the stone falcons fly, then war will come.
So ran the prophecy for a part of Africa glittering with the promise of diamonds and raging with the fever of human hearts. In this dangerous land where only the strongest and luckiest survive, a powerful family forges its destiny.
Zouga Ballantyne, whose thirst for wealth leads him to risk a fortune in the ultimate gamble.
His sons, Ralph and Jordan, one striking into the forbidding interior of the continent, the other enlisting in the service of the mighty empire builder, Cecil Rhodes.
Robyn Ballantyne, the beautiful healer, forced to save the life of the man she both hates and loves in the unmerciful war for dominance between white and black.