By JG Farrell.
The threat of Japanese assault seems more remote than the persistent romantic attentions of Joan, his business partner's daughter.
Life for ex-pats in Singapore in 1942 is as luxurious as ever.
But for Matthew Webb, the recently arrived heir to the biggest rubber business, those rumblings from the East bespeak war.
As the Japanese invasion of Singapore looms, the attentions of the young heir to the island's rubber industry are being directed to the two beautiful women in his life.