Yoke of Wind

Before the Civil War, a slavemaster named Jonah takes his family and five of what he believes are his most loyal and trustworthy slaves to a remote and beautiful island off the coast of Florida.

As soon they arrive, one of the slaves named Shaka lures the other slaves into his shamanic and animistic beliefs.  When one pair of black, inverted wings appear on the island from nowhere, the slaves come into conflict with Jonah and soon revolt altogether.

As Jonah strives to repress the rebellion and his wife, Eloise, strives to reconvert the slaves back to Christianity, the slaves delve deeper into the shamanic realms until Shaka reveals to them that they are preparing for an extraordinary exodus back to Africa.

While the island hovers on the verge of violence—and even madness—the whites and blacks are forced to confront the dark, secretive and sometimes loving relationships that existed between them through spending their lifetimes together on a raw and uncivilized plantation in the backwoods of Alabama.

As the day of liberation approaches, the story increasingly turns and twists in ways the reader cannot imagine, as the characters see their ideas about their lives shattered—and eventually reconstructed anew.

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