Canned lion hunting is exposed in this thrilling, fast-moving adventure novel when six hungry lions escape from their camp in the Lion Park, near Johannesburg during a severe storm. Sixteen-year-old school friends, Paul Patterson and Rampha Singh, become involved as they witness two poachers hastily dart, seize and load four of the predators into an enclosed van before the Park officials are able to recapture them.
Two lionesses, one of them wounded, are left behind. That night, amidst heavy rain, police and Park officials with the boys in tow, hunt for the remaining animals. Chilling screams fill the night air as the marauders attack two of the men.
Later that week, one of the poachers Tiny Terblanche, a huge and dangerous man, spots Paul and Rampha snooping around his van. He ambushes and abducts them to the remote farm in Botswana, where he and his partner run their canned lion hunting business.
Two American trophy-hunting clients are due to arrive at the same time, causing a dilemma for Tiny who has the kidnapped boys trussed and locked up. When Paul and Rampha do not arrive at the school canteen for supper the next day, girlfriends Debbie and Ayesha are worried. They inform the headmaster, who launches an immediate search and rescue operation. Will they ever locate the boys whereabouts?
Both lads budding love interests and Pauls daunting family issues, pale into insignificance as he and Rampha try to escape only to face the wet, dense and dangerous African bush in the dark.
Can the rescue team arrive in time before Tiny discovers the boys disappearance?
Will Paul and Rampha ever make it back safely to civilization?