Exotic is in the eye of the beholder. This historical fiction, loosely based on anthropologist Margaret Mead, is a look at what decoding the “exotic” behaviors of a New Guinea tribe means to a trio of young scientists in the field. The relationships among this trio are powerful and complex and the tension of the story and its characters builds throughout the book, which transports you to an exotic world in which civilized mores give way to primal urges.