of you travelling
story is set in an Indian beach resort, popular
amongst British tourists, Kovalam in the
southern state of Kerala.
It opens just seven shopping
days to Christmas
in the London suburb of Romford.
Different people are preparing for their
year end holiday including Tom Barton, a City mortgage broker.
in Kovalam after abandoning his business in
the wake of the subprime crisis. In his luxury hotel he meets Emma, the wife
of Stephen Parkly, the CEO of a London bank,
West Mercian Finance. Stephen Parkly falls gravely ill with a
mysterious infection and is hospitalized in
a local clinic. His situation rapidly
declines and he is put into
intensive care. At the very same
time his bank is caught in a
Northern Rock style run.
For those of you
travelling to Kerala in
Kavanagh, a specialist in
internal medicine, on holiday
with his mother and sister
Sarah, discovers an attempted
cover-up by the Indian
authorities fearing for their
tourist industry. The disease is
diagnosed as cholera, panic sets
in when tourists start to fall
ill with the deadly infection,
just as the tourist season is
getting into full swing.
Little do they suspect death is
lurking in the piles of rubbish,
an eyesore, in and around the
seafront area. Thousands of British tourists
enjoying the sun on the beaches
are unaware of the pending
epidemic. Many of the same
tourists, ignorant of the crisis
facing West Mercian Finance, are
about to see their life savings
wiped out in the collapse.