In South Africa, the Vaal River divides Theo, the English sugar plantation owner, from Lizzie, the Dutch orphan girl he finds in the Transvaal. When the second war between the Cape Colony and the Boers breaks out, Theo and Lizzie are on opposite sides. Theo is bound to do what Cecil orders, and Lizzie is promised to Louis, the Boer leader. Without his mistress Vala and his friend Harish, all could be lost when Theo crosses the Vaal.
"It might be a perfect afternoon"
Desiree leaves her roommate, Elle, to go on a scientific expedition with Theo and Risk. They're drawn into a war for untold riches and an illicit trade that transforms their lives. From the sunny Caribbean to the frozen Thames with London covered in snow to exotic Casablanca, and from ancient palaces to English manor houses, their adventures take them beyond anything they could have expected.
A player in Paris wants to forget his past, but the king of lighter-than-air machines needs his help to fend off new rivals. His French girlfriends are knocked for a loop when two Russian dancers splash the scene and inspire him to new heights. From the clubs, to the artist hangouts, to the chateau in the park, the partying is non-stop, and in the games they play, he takes them farther than his lovers and his rivals expect him to go.
Desiree is determined to win the trophy in the automobile race on the French Riviera, where the wealthy buyers party, and rise to the top of a new industry. Edvard loves automobiles as much as she does and needs her as much as she needs him. From the ski slopes in Saint Anton, Austria, to the villas, swimming pools, and speedboats in Nice, France, she takes him on the wildest rides of his life.