By Kathy Marks

ISBN-10: 1416597441

ISBN-13: 9781416597445

ISBN-10: 1416597476

ISBN-13: 9781416597476

Pitcairn Island -- distant and wild within the South Pacific, a spot of towering cliffs and lashing surf -- is domestic to descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Mutiny at the Bounty group, who fled there with a gaggle of Tahitian maidens after deposing their captain, William Bligh, and seizing his send in 1789.

Shrouded in fable, the island used to be idealized via outsiders, who thought of it a tropical Shangri-La. yet because the international used to be to find centuries after the mutiny, it used to be additionally a spot of sinister secrets and techniques. during this riveting account, Kathy Marks tells the demanding saga and asks profound questions on human habit.

In 2000, police descended at the British territory -- a lump of volcanic rock countless numbers of miles from the closest inhabited land -- to enquire an allegation of rape of a fifteen-year-old woman. they discovered themselves chatting with dozens of girls and uncovering a path of kid abuse courting again at the very least 3 generations.

Scarcely a Pitcairn guy used to be untainted via the allegations, it appeared, and rarely a lady growing to be up at the island, domestic to simply forty-seven humans, had escaped. but such a lot islanders, together with the sufferers' moms, feigned lack of understanding or claimed it used to be South Pacific "culture" -- the Pitcairn "way of life."

the resultant trials could tear the close-knit, interrelated group aside, for each kin contained an criminal or a sufferer -- usually either. The very way forward for the island, depending on its males and their prowess within the longboats, seemed in danger. The islanders have been green with envy towards British experts, whom they considered as colonialists, and the newly arrived newspeople, who requested nettlesome questions and whose day-by-day dispatches have been heavily scrutinized on the net.

The court docket case commanded around the world awareness. And as a succession of fellows gone through Pitcairn's makeshift court, aggravating questions surfaced. How had the abuse remained hidden goodbye? was once it inevitable in any such position? used to be Pitcairn a real-life Lord of the Flies?

one in every of purely six newshounds to hide the rigors, Marks lived on Pitcairn for 6 weeks, with the accused males as her associates. She depicts, vividly, the points of interest and daily problems of dwelling on a distant tropical island. furthermore, open air court docket, she had day-by-day encounters with the islanders, no longer them all civil, and saw firsthand how the tiny, claustrophobic group ticked: the gossip, the feuding, the claustrophobic intimacy -- and the facility dynamics that had allowed the abuse to flourish.

Marks the felony and human saga via to its contemporary end. She uncovers a society long past badly off track, leaving lives shattered and codes damaged: a paradise really lost.

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