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Alistair and Tom Banks, fresh from their adventures in Sicily and Malta recovering lost treasure, make for Egypt to explore the land of the Pharaohs. On their arrival in Alexandria, they are immediately marked out by the Egyptian authorities for smuggling ivory. Ignorant of the suspicion they have aroused, they travel to Cairo with Hugh Frampton to then join him for a cruise up the Nile. Arrested and interrogated, their only salvation lies in them agreeing to assist the police in finding the real criminals. As events unfold, they are drawn ever further into the heart of Africa and a complex web of intrigue.Away to the west in Chad, Abakar has been press-ganged into joining a band of poachers, slaughtering elephants in the Zakouma National Park. Desperate to escape from it all, he grasps the only ray of hope that crosses his path; a tiny advertisement in a public telephone booth for the Elefant Preservation Trust.Their lives in danger, the Banks' future is entwined with that of Abakar. Armed with their own initiative, and with the support of Francis Allamande, the Banks' saviour from Malta, they head for an encounter that none will forget.