On the banks of a sprawling Brazilian river lies São Tiago - the perfect place for a fallen priest to escape his past and care for nothing. But when Sam chooses to help a stranger who lies bleeding on a dirt floor, he sets in motion a dangerous chain of events.

Falling under the gaze of the dead man’s employer, Sam’s quiet life turns to one of manipulation and murder, and as the long dry season stretches out ahead, he must face his past if he is to find redemption in a town without a soul.

'Haunting stuff from a new writer to watch.'

The Mail on Sunday

Shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award