The Journeys Series
The Journeys series is a trilogy of books set in the late nineteenth century. The books follow two men, a Sicilian named Piero and the Englishman Henry, as they first meet in England, and then embark on their separate journeys to Southeast Asia. Journey to Angkor follows Piero's explorations of Indochina, while Journey to Rai-Lay recounts Henry's adventure. The two are reunited in Journey's End.
Piero leaves his home in Taormina to go to work for a renowned naturalist in England. Unfortunately, he hadn’t reckoned on falling for the Professor’s handsome young nephew, but it seems they have only just begun to explore their mutual attraction when the Professor discovers the relationship. To avoid scandal, he sends Piero away on a mission to Indochina, to explore the region and document the things he finds there. It’s truly a chance of a lifetime for Piero, even though he doesn’t want to leave his new friend.
Journey to Rai-Lay is the sequel to Journey to Angkor. It follows Henry, whose brief affair with Piero causes the Sicilian to be sent off on his journey to Angkor. Separated from the man he thought he might love, blaming himself for it, and still under the thumb of his uncle, Henry spirals into a deep depression, seeking sex in the underbelly of London’s docks, where more often than not he’s beaten and abused. But it’s while nursing a beer in a seedy docklands pub that Henry meets James Brooke.
The third and final book in the Journeys series reunites Piero from “Journey to Angkor” and Henry, whose story was told in “Journey to Rai-Lay” for one last joint adventure as they track down the man responsible for sending them on their travels: Professor Challenger. Their search takes them to forgotten palaces and ancient temples in Central Java.