This book is the embodiment of many issues of the darker side of today’s society.
city is chosen because of her cosmopolitan features, as well as the presence of
immigrants, new and old. There are mail order brides from all over the world.
This story could happen in any big city in the world. Auckland
Boorish blue collar worker Norman, reacting to his nagging wife Diane of twenty years to improve himself physically and intellectually, indulges in a torrid affair with a young Polynesian girl. Diane’s drastic weight loss and obsession to success had driven him away, and they separate.
to a mail order bride website, while benefiting from this business arrangement. Norman
Emma, the antagonist arrives in New Zealand; not the beautiful diminutive Filipino girl, posted on the website, but a fat and ugly almost forty matronly woman. Emma cheats on Norman; resulting in a murder suicide of her lover Robert and Norman. Pregnant Emma is deported back to the
with a resolution, “I will be back!” Philippines
Emma returns to
as Isabella, a tourist
and entraps weak-willed wimpy bachelor Gilbert to a marriage of convenience.
Bored by marriage to a dull poor traveling tradesman, Isabella seeks solace and
fun with one night stands. Isabella persuades Gilbert to adopt her love child
from her liaison with Robert. Isabella
meets young Jamie and makes him her toy boy showering him with expensive gifts.
Isabella is exposed, in the process Gilbert suffers a massive heart attack and
dies. New Zealand
Mother and daughter rivalry turns bad. Jamie becomes her Romeo con man and leaves. Christine is scouted to be a child model with the approval of Isabella. Unknowingly, Christine falls prey to Matt, a sex predator and child pornographer.
The hideous business is exposed by a victim’s father and the perpectrators are sent to jail. Isabella’s heinous past is also exposed across the ditch in
Christine runs away from foster care and joins a street gang and gets involved in all sorts of childhood shenanigans. The gang king pin makes her a child prostitute while pretending to be her lover. A serious car collision results in tragedy, six kids are killed.
Christine is impregnated by her client, and she adopts the baby out. She finds out Isabella is her biological mum who gave her blood to save her after her suicide attempt. The two reconcile.
Healing comes with love shown by Connie who takes it upon herself to stand by Christine. Connie and her Maori family show Christine the power of whanau.