Sun is God
It is 1906 and Will Prior is in self-imposed exile on a remote South Pacific island, working a small, failing plantation. He should never have told anyone about his previous existence as a military foot policeman in the Boer War. But a man needs friends, even if they are as stuffy and, well, German, as Hauptmann Kessler, the local government representative.
So it is that Kessler approaches Will one hot afternoon to request his help. On a neighbouring island inhabited by a reclusive cult of European ‘cocovores’ who believe sun worship and eating only coconuts will bring them eternal life, someone has died in suspicious circumstances. Kessler and Will – along with ‘lady traveller’ Bessie Pullen-Burry, who is foisted on them by the archipelago’s eccentric owner – must travel to the island to find out what is really going on.