Malachi is the survivor of a brutal attack by genocidaires on his school: he has seen loved ones slaughtered and his tongue has been cut out. Malachi cannot speak, but he is far from dumb, though he keeps himself to himself, tamping down the traumatic memories as he performs mind-numbing work on the production line in a chicken-packing factory. But then an agent for a powerful pharmaceutical company comes looking for a suitable candidate for a mysterious job, and he is offered what he can't refuse: not just handsome financial reward, but also a new tongue - and hope. Hope soon turns to horror as he is flown out to an old oil rig off the African coast and discovers that he is to be a carer and jail-keeper in a highly secretive organ farming operation. His captive charges, he is assured, are all criminals - evil people deserving of death row. They would die anyway
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