By Wilbur A. Smith
Hazel Bannock is the inheritor to the Bannock Oil Corp, one of many significant oil manufacturers with worldwide achieve. whereas cruising within the Indian Ocean, Hazel's inner most yacht is hijacked by way of African Muslim pirates. Hazel isn't on board on the time, yet her nineteen yr outdated daughter, Cayla, is abducted and held to ransom. The pirates call for a crippling twenty billion greenback ransom for her release.
Complicated political and diplomatic issues render the key powers incapable of intervening. whilst Hazel is given facts of the bad torture which Cayla is being subjected to, she calls on Hector pass to assist her rescue her daughter.
Hector is the landlord and operator of move Bow safeguard, the corporate that is gotten smaller to Bannock Oil to supply all their safeguard. he's a powerful battling guy. among them Hazel and Hector are made up our minds to take the legislation into their very own palms.
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