The Headhunter's Daughter
by Tamar Myers
tale of equatorial Africa and a child torn dangerously between two
In 1945, an infant left inadvertently to die in the jungles of the
Belgian Congo is discovered by a young Bashilele tribesman on a mission
to claim the head of an enemy. Recognized as human-despite her pale
white skin and strange blue eyes-the baby is brought into the tribe
and raised as its own. Thirteen years later, the girl-now called "Ugly
Eyes"-will find herself at the center of a controversy that will
rock two separate societies.
Young missionary Amanda Brown hears the incredible
stories of a white girl living among the Bashilele headhunters. In
the company of the local police chief, Captain Pierre Jardin, and
with the witch doctor's wife, the quick-witted Cripple, along as translator,
Amanda heads into the wild hoping to bring the lost girl back to "civilization."
But Ugly Eyes no longer belongs in their world-and the secrets surrounding
her birth and disappearance are placing them all in far graver peril
than anyone ever imagined.