Claudia Vogel lives and works on a perfect world. Paradise, the tropical resort she manages, is a high-tech heaven where everything, even the sunshine, is regulated. Owned by mysterious billionaire, Pasqua, the resort is a holidaymaker's dream. There is, however, a large snake loose on the premises. Claudia's estranged and quixotic husband, Tony has seen it. Or perhaps he is just being malicious. It is Claudia, after all, who has insisted on a separation, for reasons that are unclear even to herself. She is haunted by her experiences as a hostage. The troubling, jungle-clad island of Jolo occupies most of her waking hours and all of her dreams. Paradise is the story of what happened on Jolo, the ripple effects of terrorism on Claudia and the people who love her, and the elusive search for utopia.Walsh, dressed in an African kaftan, taps on her office door and slips in sideways. His red-rimmed eyes slide towards a large covered laundry container that is pushed against the wall, as far away from Claudiaa#39;s desk as she could get it.