‘Love is stronger than death.’
Zimbabwe, 1999. Struggling to find their feet in the changed social structure of post-apartheid South Africa, Amy and Daniel are led to Mutemwa in Zimbabwe, South Africa’s troubled and dangerous northern neighbour, to film a documentary of a remote leper colony and AIDS camp found there. After Amy followed a mysterious Sign across the invisible boundaries of apartheid to find love with Daniel her life changed dramatically. Now Amy is looking for meaning. She wants to know why her life was spared in a brutal attack. She wants to know just what she’s being called to by her Sign, her mysterious dream of the cross of light. She needs to re-define herself, her career, her mission in life.
But Amy discovers Mutemwa to be stark, confronting and mysterious beyond anything she could have imagined. It’s the site of the life and death of an extraordinary man, John Bradburne – soldier, pilgrim, poet. Spared from death in a brutal war, martyred for God in a land oppressed by tyranny, John is now revered as a miracle worker by the thousands of pilgrims who flock to the place where he lived and died. What Amy experiences there will changer her forever…
From the brutal tropical jungles of Malaya and Burma in the Second World War, to the savannah plains of Africa during a bloody War of Independence three decades later … From an AIDS hospice in Johannesburg, where modern-day saints tend the dying, to the sacred mountain of Mutemwa, known simply as The Rock, to which pilgrims flock seeking miracles and cures … And, most remarkably of all, deep into the poetic soul of a legendary man known as the lion of Mutemwa and the lepers’ saint … This is a sweeping, epic story of love, love that is stronger than death.