Within sight of a smart new resort near Savusavu on the Fijian island of Vanua Levu, over a period of twenty-four hours, local villagers work, love, laugh and parley their lives while interweaving their long-held traditions with contemporary practice. In the same time and place, a visiting scientist notes and ponders the threatened environment, and a young girl seeks answers for her future from the people and from the ancient raintree, repository of universal wisdoms. In this lyrical first novel, Caitlin Scholl, with echoes of the rhythms and resonance of Dylan Thomas' classic Under Milk Wood, recreates the simple and complex, mundane and exotic, practical and philosophical realities of the lives of the permanent and passing inhabitants of a tropical island moving to the hypnotic ebb and flow of the Pacific Ocean within the growing swell of the world global.

August 1, 2006; IPS Press