Intense tale of quest to find a child will move you to tears
BETTER known for historical novels written as William Napier, here Hart tackles a contemporary subject – the idealism of youth and how it can evaporate.
Four young medical students are in Central America, desperate to do good.
The unnamed country (Guatemala?) is in the grip of drug wars, with street gangs and armed militias everywhere.
The most idealistic of the four, Nicholas, lodges with a poor family and is transformed by the experience, especially his relationship with a little girl, Lala.
Conditions worsen and Nicholas’s companions all decide to return home, but he refuses. Then Lala goes missing. Nicholas sets out to find her and purge his own bad childhood memories.
Told with emotional intensity will move you to tears.