An intense, powerful tale set in Africa. She is Rider Haggard's greatest romance work. A father's mysterious legacy lures Leo Vincey and his two companions deep into Africa. Traveling over all types of hazardous terrain, they make their way to the kingdom of K'r, where She awaits them. A woman of extraordinary beauty and malice. She is the white Queen of the Amahagger people. She has been waiting for two thousand years for the return of the man she once loved, and she believes that Leo Vincey is this man.
In 1887 however, Haggard issued another novel, She: A History of Adventure, which does rank with King Solomon's Mines as an enduring adventure tale. In She, a young man discovers that he is the lone descendant of an ancient Egyptian priest who had been executed for having loved a princess. The priest's executioner, a beautiful and jealous queen, still reigns in the faraway city of Kor, and so the hero, Leo Vincey, endeavors to find her. Together with an old friend and a servant, Leo undertakes the dangerous journey to Kor. There Leo eventually meets the queen, Ayesha--also known as She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed--who believes him to be the reincarnation of the priest she loved, and killed, centuries earlier. Leo, in turn, is hypnotized by her extraordinary beauty and believes himself in love with her even though he senses her evil nature. The novel builds to a climax replete with a pillar of fire and a harrowing escape across a dangerous chasm. "Where pulp exotica tends to offer images of buried treasure found or ancient powers restored, generic resolutions for artificial problems, She raises real dilemmas and leaves them gapingly unresolved, on a note of unattainable desire and irretrievable loss," observed Geoffrey O'Brien in the Voice Literary Supplement.