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BEDLAM STACKS, THE

Synopsis

Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. Somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine, the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859 and India is ravaged by the disease. Merrick Tremayne finds himself under orders to bring back cinchona cuttings at any cost and is dispatched, against his own better judgement, to Bedlam.