First Edition. M. B. K. (Beth Morris) dustjacket art. South Pacific adventure novel. "When the pearl hunger grips an man it never leaves him. Stewart's desire for the pearls which lay in the lagoon of the hidden islands of Tankura brought havoc into the lives of others besides himself. Chief among these was Valerie, a stranger to the islands where men's passions reflect nature at her most savage." Written under a pseudonym of Joy Baines, who also wrote as Richard Hawke. Very scarce. Near Fine but for contemporary bookplate at front pastedown, in Very Good dustjacket, shallow chips at flap corners and along top spine end, quarter sized chip at lower spine end.