The VOC – Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) – ruled over the exotic Indonesian Spice Islands from 1599 to 1799. In their zealous attempt to dominate the spice trade, the Dutch ruthlessly destroyed anything or anyone who dared to oppose them. Entire islands were burned to the ground and the inhabitants murdered to extinction.
Gamati swears to save his family line from annihilation when he and his family fall victim to the infamous plunder expeditions of the VOC. To escape the colonialists’ cruelties, he leads his orphaned grandchildren and a small group of fellow villagers to the safety of another, remote, island north of their current location. The birth of Kolosia, his great-grandson, at sea, assures Gamati of his family’s ability to sail the Moluccan seas freely in years to come.