The Waters of Eden
Christopher Irwin, author
It is the year 1907, shortly before the end of the Brazilian rubber boom. Funded by a shadowy US investor, a young biologist and his wife move to the Amazon Basin to develop a more productive strain of Hevea Brasiliensis – the indigenous rubber tree. The biologist’s life takes an unexpected turn when a local native chief shows him an amazing flower that can revive the recently deceased and maybe even bestow eternal life on those daring enough to try it. “Ponce de León was wrong!” he exclaims. “The Fountain of Youth wasn’t in Florida, it’s right here in the Amazon!” But his plans go awry when his investor insists on using his new discovery for his outrageous business schemes. It is then that he and his wife discover an even more astounding secret of the rainforest.