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Babs, a Dallas socialite and Steve, a Santa Fe adventurer, meet on a blind date. Within days they throw themselves into the heart of the Saharan desert in search of adventure and themselves.

Without GPS or cell phones, through seas of powdery sand, blinding sandstorms and moon-like vistas of naked lava they forge ahead their compass pegged on due south.

Deep in the Sahara they join Moulay for a communal bowl of couscous on the rug floor of his cobwebbed oasis home. In Niger a Fulani nomad invites them into his mud hut for sweet tea and offals. In Burkina Faso the police stop them for running roadblocks. In Togo they are accused of shooting John F. Kennedy. In a poor African village they chase the lion from their own moon. A voodoo witchdocter gives them an Rx for happiness.

From Tunis to Togo, Babs and Steve cross the skull of Africa on a 3500-mile two-month odyssey that takes them through five countries and into the heart of darkness.

This unforgetable journey was more than a personal adventure, it was a revelation that set their life paths for years to come.

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