In 1975, a new group of Peace Corps volunteers landed on the
island nation of Tonga. Among them was Deborah Gardner -- a
beautiful twenty-three-year-old who, in the following year, would
be stabbed twenty-two times and left for dead inside her hut.
Another volunteer turned himself in to the Tongan police, and
many of the other Americans were sure he had committed the crime.
But with the aid of the State Department, he returned home a free
man. Although the story was kept quiet in the United States, Deb
Gardner's death and the outlandish aftermath took on legendary
proportions in Tonga.
Now journalist Philip Weiss "shines daylight on the facts of
this ugly case with the fervor of an avenging angel" (Chicago
Tribune), exposing a gripping tale of love, violence, and clashing
ideals. With bravura reporting and vivid, novelistic prose, Weiss
transforms a Polynesian legend into a singular artifact of American
history and a profoundly moving human story.
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