I just finished reading this novel. It held my attention from the get-go. This novel was a winner of the Orange Prize and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award. The story takes place somewhere in South America. Following a lavish birthday party, where powerful, wealthy people from around the world are gathered, the group is captured by terrorists and held for ransom. The author shows how the various characters develop and their lives change during their captivity. It is quite an amazing story.