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 Londons docks, where more often than not hes beaten and abused. But its while nursing a beer in a seedy docklands pub that Henry meets James Brooke.
In this third and final book of the Journeys series, Piero, whose travels are recounted in Journey to Angkor is taking a needed rest in Bangkok with his lover Plai. But then he receives word that Professor Challenger is missing on the island of Java in the wake of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption. Challenger is the man who sent Piero on his travels after he became familiar with the man's nephew, Henry. Together with Plai, Piero sets out for southern Siam to find Henry, who is happily settled in Rai-Lay with Kung, as told in the second Journeys book, Journey to Rai-Lay.