Stranger than anything was Amen Morley. Stranger than anything they had ever known, with his sparse, colourless hair barely covering a skull burned pink by the sun and wild eyes and wet lips full of air and blubber and white cloth covering skin fatter than a sack of sago.
Missionary Amen Morley arrives on a tropical island to find a community largely untouched by the modern world. A magnet for eccentric characters, the island paradise soon becomes a hotspot of conflicting cultures. The preachers are competing to save souls, while others have come to make a new beginning.
There’s Herbert Glass, the English doctor who cures clocks, Missy Wing, the Chinese trader, and Sam Maitland, who the locals dub the ‘crocodile man’. The islanders are bemused by the behaviour of these strange intruders. But instead of being the ones doing the converting, the foreigners end up most transformed by this extraordinary place.