What would drive a man to leave civilization behind and live out his life among cannibals?
In l847, young and daring John Rumell jumps ship on a French-occupied Marquesas Island only to end up on a neighboring island inhabited by hostile cannibals. There, he becomes infatuated with the chief’s daughter, Princess Marita, an irresistible temptress.
To win the princess’s hand in marriage, John must kill Niko, her former lover, and submit to a painful tattooing custom. Months later, he discovers he was tricked. Broken and permanently branded with tribal tattoos, which prohibit him from returning to civilization, John leaves the tribe, wandering aimlessly about the island.
After learning the chief is dying, John returns and accepts the dying man’s wish that he lead the tribe. As the chief’s successor, John resists Marita, who is determined to sit by his side as queen, and works to form an alliance between his people and the French, helping to lead the tribe toward a more peaceful existence.
Experience the historical Marquesas Islands, as seen through John Rumell’s eyes in his fantastical adventure, retold by a distant relative, Nanine Case.
Nanine travels the world capturing events with the lens. Her biggest adventure: tracking down her ancestor’s story, a man who lived among cannibals.