Son and daughter of diplomats in Cairo, the gentle Serena Pasha and Mark Holt are privileged and attractive, growing up in a magical world of champagne breakfasts and midnight picnics at the pyramids. Their lives entwined since childhood, they grow ever closer as adults. Yet Serena's hand has been promised not to Mark, but to his brother, Greg. As World War II speeds closer to Cairo, a shocking accident gives these young lovers a second chancebut with this chance comes terrible danger. Egypt is threatened not only by the German army but by nationalist forces within Cairo determined to end the British occupation at any cost. The country torn apart, and enemies everywhere, Mark and Serena's love is tested to the limit.
Barber's 1984 historical romance is set in Cairo on the days leading to World War II. The children of British diplomats, Serene and Mark fall in love when they come of age, but that love-and their lives-are threatened by the coming Nazi invasion and native nationalists determined to end the British stranglehold on the city. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.