In the alternate-history world of MAYSPRING, African nations are world powers, crossing oceans to colonize new lands. Masud al-Razn has a good life working for his mother's merchant family; he never meant to travel to the Ultima Maghreb – the New World – or to own slaves. But the unexpected bequest of an estate in the Ultima forces him to master its unruly labor gang – if he can survive hurricanes, pirates, and his family’s readiness to see his new venture fail.
For two years he confounds all expectations, then, after a slave revolt, he walks away from his inheritance and off the face of history, presumed dead.
Nearly a century later, historian Raita Salmadis is on the trail of her enigmatic ancestor, hoping to discover where and why he vanished by retracing his travels through the Ultima. But its dangers have scarcely lessened in the intervening years. As Raita moves closer to her goal, the question becomes not whether she will learn Masud's fate – but whether she will share it.
Who's the main character? who's the antagonist? what the hell is going on here?
I like the idea but ye dogs and little fishes, this is a mess.