In a reprise of his appearance in Terence Clarke's The Day Nothing Happened, Dan Collins, now chief of the Agency for International Development in western Borneo, is a man caught in conflict between two cultures. On orders to retrieve a State Department employee from the upper reaches of the Baleh River, he discovers an enthralling world cloaked by the lush veil of the jungle. Instead of bringing his colleague back, Collins retreats into the uncharted wilderness himself.
There he finds the longhouse of Rumah Nadai, where he learns the tribal Iban ways and how to live in union with a nature that is both life-giving and life-threatening. The arrival in the jungle of a British-run logging operation forces Collins to walk a terrifying line between the culture he has known all his life and the one that now feeds his soul.
Publishers Weekly said of The King of Rumah Nadai that it is "an evocative, appealingly written novel in which much is carefully observed." Library Journal said that it is "an episodic adventure marked by vivid depictions of the Borneo jungle and the indigenous Iban culture."