From dust jacket:
In the 1930s a young English anthropologist did valuable pioneer work among the Temiar, a light-skinned aborigine tribe in the deep jungle of northern Malaya, and explored and mapped large areas of their territory. So strong was his attraction to the Temiar and their harmonious way of life that he married Anjang, a beautiful aborigine girl, and lived among her people. When the Japanese invaded Malaya, he fought with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and was separated from them and retreated back to the jungle to carry on the struggle. That was the last that was heard of him, though rumours continued to filter through that he had been seen living in the depths of the jungle. His name was Pat Noone – a name that is now a legend in Malaya.
In 1953, at the height of the Emergency, General Templer summoned Richard Noone, Pat’s brother, and gave him the special assignment of wooing the deep-jungle aborigines away from their support of the Communist guerrillas. This was a great moment for Richard. Here was a chance not only to put Pat’s valuable research work to use but to unravel the still unsolved mystery of his disappearance. Richard’s successful campaign led him eventually to the truth about his brother: a tragic story of violence and passion, in which Pat and Anjang were unhappy protagonists.