by Peter Gentry

Against the backdrop of the Old South, the tumultuous novel of lust, violence, and forbidden love brings to life the story of an extraordinary slave and his dream.

Freedom Plantation was owned by Erza Clayton, who had lied and cheated to get it. But he had now become a power in his backwoods Louisana county. To amuse himself - and to make money - he built a deep, clay-lined pit where he forced slaves to fight. Only one man could emerge from this pit alive. And it was usually Rafe.

Rafe, the huge, handsome African, had survived 43 battles. Seven more and he would win his freedom. So Erza Clayton promised.

But Rafe had reckoned without the plantation's golden young mistress, Crissa, whom he had known as a child and could not get out of his mind. Nor would his body let him forget her...

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