A rare rhinoceros on the brink of extinction. A trophy hunter on the verge of bankruptcy. A young photographer desperate for fame.
Seventeen–year–old Lydia Gibb has no business setting foot in Tanzania, but a fluke opportunity provides a chance to leave her boring life, to capture beauty with her camera--to mean something. But nothing is what it seems, and Lydia becomes ensnared in the bloody, male-dominated world of showdown hunting. She uses her camera as a shield, but the horrors mount, and so do her feelings for Caleb, a rugged, earnest game officer on a mission of his own--until Lydia captures his sights.
Lydia’s pictures surpass her wildest ambitions, but then fall into the wrong hands. Unless she and Caleb team up and race to take back the camera, her work will drive both her and a rare rhino into extinction.
“A thrilling coming-of-age tale, Rhinoceros Summer is hard to put down. Thornton deftly handles the heartbreaking loss of Lydia’s innocence, and the triumph of wisdom gained.” -Andrea Stewart, Writers of the Future 2013 Winner
“Never before have I seen an author capture the visceral, gritty details of the hunt…The characters are real and flawed, and you’ll find yourself worrying about them….” – Amazon Reviewer