1794—Four hundred Mozambican slaves aboard the Portuguese slave ship São José Paquete de Africa, bound for Brazil, are shipwrecked at the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa. Of the two hundred who survive the tempest and catastrophe, a pair evade re-capture and re-sale the next day on the town’s slave block. With the wild South Atlantic at their backs, before them soar the impassable cliffs of Table Mountain. Blocking the pair’s coastal escape to the north lies Cape Town with its gallows and whipping post, to the south lies a British garrison, encamped to survey and defend the fledgling colony against the warring French. This is the tale of that couple’s hope for nothing but freedom.
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Michael Smorenburg (b. 1964) grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. An entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, in 1995 Michael moved to California where he founded a business consultancy and online media and marketing engine in the burgeoning internet. In 2003 he returned to South Africa where he launched a security company. In 2015 he divested of the business to write full time. Michael’s greatest love is the ocean, keeping up with the latest breakthroughs in science,understanding the cosmos and sharing all he learns.