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The first time they encountered one another, the old bull elephant had just come upon his herd, freshly slaughtered by a poacher with an unrelenting desire to kill anything that can bring a profit. The elephant had charged the man and had injured him gravely, but not before the man put a bullet next to the elephant’s heart. The poacher, Teich, has spent the ensuing years consumed with finding and killing the elephant. One day a mysterious old African named Masuku arrives and explains that he can find Teich’s elephant. What Teich does not know, however, is that Masuku sees the thread of life in all things, and he works to bring the two adversaries together in order to allow nature to bring things back into its just pattern. The novel offers an unblinking look at the evils of poaching, but it is also an insightful tribute to the majesty of the African elephant, the Earth’s largest and most powerful land animal.