This debut novel tells the story of Anne, a young human rights activist from San Francisco who is on assignment in Burundi. After a year in Africa, she has fallen in love with the continent and with Jean-Pierre, a government official and Tutsi confederate. When an election puts the rival Hutus in charge, however, violence ensues, countless people are left dead, and Anne learns the dark truth about her boyfriend and his family. Evacuated from Burundi along with her colleagues, Anne returns to San Francisco, only to find that troubles are tearing through her own family. Caught between two countries, torn by her sense of duty, Anne must decide where her true loyalties lie and in what direction her life will flow. Stone, who spent two years in Africa, writes with grace and authority about Burundi's politics and culture. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.anchorbooks.com.