Three months in paradise, all expenses paid. Its an invitation Alex Delaware cant refuse. Dr. Woodrow Wilson Moreland, a revered scientist and philanthropist on the tiny Pacific island of Aruk, has invited Alex to his home to help him organize his papers for publication - a light workload leaving Alex plenty of time to enjoy a romantic interlude with Robin Castagna. Quickly, however, secretive houseguests, frightening nocturnal visitors, and the elusive Dr. Moreland himself dim the pleasures of deep blue water and white sand. The cases Moreland chooses to share - a patient driven to madness by a cruel, unspeakable act; a man who succumbed forty years ago to radiation poisoning after a nuclear blast; a young woman, brutally murdered, whose mutilated body was found on the beach just six months before - seem unconnected. And yet Alex cant help wondering what the good doctor is trying to tell him... and what Morelands real reason for inviting him to Aruk is.
Child psychologist Alex Delaware receives a revered scientists invitation to spend three all-expenses-paid months in the South Pacific. All he has to do is help Dr. Moreland organize some papers, and the rest of the time is his to enjoy. But secretive houseguests, frightening nocturnal visitors, and the elusive doctor himself soom make it clear that Morelands real purpose in inviting Alex is hidden under layers of deception.