When the white man arrives, the storm clouds make him appear an ugly baboon growling at the rain. But Little Pearl’s missing master owes him money, and Little Pearl owes the Tans. They had saved her from abject poverty and disgrace, set her feet on the Taoist path. And so, barbarian or not, Captain Jonas Storm is welcome. In the alien depths of his eyes, Little Pearl sees the impossible promise of paradise. Even with the shadows growing in the Empire, Heaven is within reach--and this barbarian could take her there.