Inspired by tales of travellers in ancient African kingdoms, this original folktale weaves a magical story of separations and reunions
set in desert landscapes where ferocious dust storms can strike with little warning. Issa, renowned guide, is an old man when he rescues a young child in the aftermath of such a storm, having found her alone in the wilds, guarded by a fierce camel. Mariama is adopted by him, learns his skills, and becomes his eyes when he loses his sight. When a party of three travellers realise he is blind and scorn his ability to act as a guide, their rejection has dramatic consequences for them all. A rich and satisfying tale,
well matched by illustrations in sepia shades of gold and brown often within decorated borders in retro style, in keeping with the story's own homage to the romance and drama of the Arabian Nights.