The Nal-toon---the carved wooden god-totem of the K'ung tribe
of Africa's Kalahari Desert---is stolen from the midtown art gallery
that exhibits Veil Kendry's dream-paintings. It isn't hard to
identify the thief: Tobal'ak, a K'ung warrior-prince flown in to
publicize the original theft of the idol from the tribe, had snatched
the statue and pinned a security guard to the wall with a tribal spear
before rushing into the relative safety of Central Park.
It wouldn't seem difficult to run down an African tribesman in
Manhattan. But the prince is a superior warrior, able to conceal
himself even in the wastes of the Kalahari.
The police aren't the only ones looking for Tobal'ak. There's the
lovely missionary, Reyna Alexander, who enlists Veil's aid. And for
reasons unknown to them, the Nal-toon is of obsessive
interest to the Cosa Nostra---and to Carl Nagle, the most
corrupt cop in New York.
Veil must use his paranormal dream-powers to enter the mind of the
warrior-prince, locate him, and ensure his---and the
Nal-toon's---return to the Kalahari. But time is short;
Nagle and his squad of vigilantes are quite willing to kill Veil,
Reyna, and Tobal'ak in their quest for the idol.