Endeavour Award 2003, John W. Campbell Memorial Award nominee 2003.
In an alternate Africa-ruled American South, slave labor is used from Europe to colonize the Americas. The Islamic African aristocratic family of Wakil Abu Ali indulge in luxury at their glorious estate called Dar Kush while white slaves - slaves like the young Aidan O'Dere and his Druid Irish family - work the land.
Steven Barnes (born 1952) is an African-American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician.
He has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch. He has also written the episode "Brief Candle" for Stargate SG-1 and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of Its Parts". Barnes's first published piece of fiction, the 1979 novelette The Locusts, was written with Larry Niven, and was a Hugo Award nominee.
Steven Barnes. Wikipedia.