Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the fieldand one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. When we first meet Dawson, hes been ordered by his cantankerous boss to leave behind his loving wife and young son in Ghanas capital city to lead a murder investigation: In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young womana promising medical studenthas been found dead under suspicious circumstances. Dawson is fluent in Ketanus indigenous language, so hes the right man for the job, but the local police are less than thrilled with an outsiders interference. For Dawson, this sleepy corner of Ghana is rife with emotional land mines: an estranged relationship with the family he left behind twenty-five years earlier and the painful memory of his own mothers inexplicable disappearance. Armed with remarkable insight and a healthy dose of skepticism, Dawson soon finds his cosmopolitan sensibilities clashing with age-old customs, including a disturbing practice in which teenage girls are offered to fetish priests as trokosi, or Wives of the Gods. Delving deeper into the students haunting death, Dawson will uncover long-buried secrets that, to his surprise, hit much too close to home.