The author and his wife were missionaries to Netherlands New Guinea from 1962 to 1977. The lived among the headhunting cannibal tribes of the Sawi people. The book describes how they struggled to bring the gospel to a people who had never heard of it. These people revered treachery as a social norm. How do you explain peace and love to a people like this?
The answer was right there in their own culture. God had opened a way for the gospel by a tradition handed down for generations called the Peace Child. It was the giving of a son to your enemy to obtain peace. This is a book that is hard to put down once you have started reading it.