How do you know when you’re doing more harm than good? The question plagues gutsy anthropologist Samantha McGovern as she adjusts to her first aid work assignment in Rwanda, just four years after the 1994 genocide ripped the country apart and left millions in need. The beautiful rolling hills of the capital city, Kigali, jar with the social landscape, which is rife with deep animosities, greedy elites, and hired guns.
To navigate the precarious environment, Sam employs a savvy local teen, who quickly proves invaluable, saving Sam from an ambush just three weeks into the job. When Sam then finds the sweet teen murdered, she vows to find justice, fearing she had a role in getting her friend killed.
But nothing in Rwanda is as it seems. Days into digging, Sam unearths government corruption, conflict mineral smuggling, and the shadowy side of aid work. With each uncovered secret, there’s one less person she can trust. Then another person close to Sam is attacked because of her prodding. Instead of shirking away from the killer’s growing menace, Sam pushes back with a razor-sharp vengeance—a vengeance rooted in a murder that goes back twenty years.