by Rick Hodges
On his 18th birthday, young American Owen Dorner travels to Africa to meet his father for the first time. Plunged into the corrupt underworld of Colonel Mubego, a conniving prison warden and former revolutionary fighter, Owen seeks friendship amongst unlikely allies and finds meaning in the world of elephants. Biologist Wanjeri Mubego, the colonel’s niece who is happier among the wildlife in her native Kenya than with people, helps Owen discover the truth about his father, Karl. A U.S. Army captain, Karl Dorner has lived in a dusty African prison cell since Owen was a small boy. Could Karl, accused of helping a local rebellion, be a hero, and not a traitor? Karl isn’t telling. But when Karl escapes from prison, Wanjeri helps Owen find the truth about his father—and unveils her own family’s secrets—as a young elephant learns the ways of the world from his herd’s matriarch. In a moving portrayal of elephant civilization, parallel tales of intrigue and survival unfold, masterfully enriching our understanding of what it means to be human.
To Follow Elephant‘s Rick Hodges wins Silver in the coveted 2019 Nautilus Awards Small Publisher Category. The Nautilus Awards celebrate and honour books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change & social justice, and spiritual growth.