When cousins Dusty Rhodes and Bob Wyre are asked to save a mysterious colony of bees, they must follow a honeyguide across Africa, through border posts and foul weather - all the way to the Rainbow’s Heart.
This book is about a road on a map. The road follows the illusory route of an imaginary road from Port Elizabeth to Port Edward along the coast and in so doing illuminates a landscape of possibilities and secrets.
Those who have never travelled the eastern seaboard of South Africa may be roused to acknowledge that a landscape might really exist between Port Elizabeth and Port Edward, while readers who know the Eastern Cape will become aware of the changes the new road brings with it.
Had I waited for a road to be built by others along the route I would wish to drive, this story might never be told, for the obstacles presented by reality are immense, so great in fact, that the Shixini Road survived just long enough for me to reach Port Edward. Then the road was closed and remains so to this day.
This is the story of a travel adventure. It begins as a distillation of the actual geography with social and historical roots. By imprinting a web of fictional people, places and events on a wish list of circumstance, the journey has the potential to reward the armchair traveler in ways otherwise impossible when limited by the stifling effects of myopia, bureaucracy, ignorance, conservatism and impoverished finances that so often beset a new idea.
This tale is a romance and any approach to reality is coincidental, though I might wish it otherwise.