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Destination Standerton. Synopsis. Gerald Spencer, author. 300 pages.
In 1900-1902, the British instituted concentration camps in what is now northern South Africa. The "resettlements" were populated by the white wives, young sons
and daughters of the Boer soldiers and farmers who were fighting against the British army take over of the nation once granted to them by England after the first Boer
War. Unfortunately, the Boer asked for it, committing the sin of hubris.
One hundred years later, highly vocal and energetic advocates of reparation by the current British government ruffle high level influential figures who seek to silence
the movement agitators by the use of violent hired thugs. A young man from the US, Louis, while tracing a sapphire left him by his grandfather, is mistaken for the
potential movement leader as he travels under an assumed name on his way to Standerton, South Africa. In Africa, the young man meets with a real Boer movement
leader who, with friends, helps the young man uncover the poignant love story of a British camp doctor and the widow of a Boer farmer.
Peter is a widower and the heir of an aristocratic British family; moreover, cousin to the architect of the camps, Lord Kitchener. Ann, is a three time Boer widow with
five starving young boys and a new born baby. A chance meeting with one of her boys, Tristan, and the doctor, bring the couple together.
Kitchener gives Peter two things: one, his personal aide, Robert, with whom he has become bored and, two, a "suggestion" that Peter find ways to diminish the
numbers of camp inmates. Lord Kitchener unwittingly provides the means by which Peter and Ann are united and the means by which the dark lord's wishes to wipe
out the camp population come true. Death and illness run rampant in the Standerton camp astride the Vaal River, all of it planned well and executed by the cunning
traits which Lord Kitchener taught and instilled in Robert, the young man he makes Peter's aide. Robert's questionable actions are supported by his new friend,
Andrew, the camp commander's aide.
Robert's plot backfires on Peter and him when the camp commander calls the camp's doctor to task. The camp's nurse, who despises Peter, assumes command . .
.(Full synopsis available on request.)