Theodore J. Raffudeen was born in Leguan, British Guiana, in 1947. In 1957 his family moved to Georgetown. Its beauty impressed him. In 1962 that beauty vanished in the savage race riots that swept the country and left the capital burning for days. His political awakening began. In 1969, he left to pursue business studies in New York City where he lived for the next thirty-five years. Like Edgar Mittelholzer, a fellow native writer to whom this book is also posthumously dedicated, he is fond of writing of his country of origin, its strong Caribbean flavor and sensibilities, although, geographically speaking, Guyana is in South America. A naturalized American, the author is currently working on his next novel, Ebony and Sandalwood, a contemporary treatment of Romeo & Juliet.