Haunted by vengeance. Destined for peace.
Niger, West Africa, 2070
When fifteen-year old Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, her world shatters. In an era of mind-blowing technology and seductive magic, Ejii embarks on a mystical journey to track down her father's killer. With a newfound friend by her side, Ejii comes face to face with an earth turned inside out -- and with her own magical powers.
But Ejii soon discovers that her travels across the sands of the Sahara have a greater purpose. Her people need to be protected from a force seeking to annihilate them. And Ejii may be just the hero to do it.
“Spontaneous forests, polygamy, strange insects, Nigerian 419 scammers, really really fast cars, a different kind of Sahara Desert, male beauty contests, the apocalypse, life, death, sword fights, fat chiefs, assassins, this novel is full of life.”
NAACP Image Award (nominee)
Parallax Award (winner)
The Essence Magazine Literary Award (finalist)
The Golden Duck Award (finalist)
A CCBC Choice for 2008
The Andre Norton Award (finalist)
A Tiptree Honor Book
An Amelia Bloomer Project Book