Jake Lalonde, a brilliant young archaeologist and a staunch protector of ancient sites, follows his fiancée, Angeline, to the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga to investigate a rare archaeological relic-the Ravenstone. The cunning black bird etched on this stone artifact is a dominant figure in British Columbia's native Haida mythology. Jake is half-Haida and the raven is his family's crest. His hope in visiting Tonga is to discover how a North Pacific Haida art symbol ended up on a stone of execution half a world away on a sunbaked tropical island where no ravens have ever existed. The symbol carved on this stone is indistinguishable from an image engraved into a granite cliff on British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands. A beguiling, mysterious art dealer, who unexpectedly appears in Tonga at the same time that Jake and Angeline arrive, holds the key to the riddle of the identical stones.