The four men who accompany Maud on the convoy are very different from any clichéd idea of humanitarian volunteers. One by one, they reveal the secret wounds that have brought them to this conflict zone and the true nature of their cargo will slowly be uncovered.
Prize-winning author Jean-Christophe Rufin offers up a powerful psychological thriller that asks some vital questions about the role of humanitarian action in today’s world, bringing to light the most fundamental dilemmas of our age. As a new kind of violence insinuates its way into the heart of Europe, is it not time to take up arms rather than counter violence with benevolent acts and enlightenment ideals?
“Jean-Christophe Rufin knows how to tell a story, his characters’ lives dramatize big questions about what it means to be alive and to act.”—France info
“Subtle and enthralling.”—Elle (France)
“Jean-Christophe Rufin has written an adventure book on moving terrain. [...] The success of this great novel lies in its suspense and in the meticulous psychology of its protagonists.” —Le Nouvel Observateur
Jean-Christophe Rufin is one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders and a former Ambassador of France in Senegal. He has written numerous bestsellers, including The Abyssinian, for which he won the Goncourt Prize for a debut novel in 1997. He also won the Goncourt Prize in 2001 for Brazil Red.