Amidst storms, shipwrecks and the destruction of rainforests, two 19th century collectors race to capture rare birds in Hawai'i before impending extinction.
Killing Paradise tracks the expeditions of two bird collectors, Henry Palmer and George Munro, in late 19th century Hawai'i.
The journey of the collectors is funded by the fabulously wealthy Walter Rothschild, a man obsessed with acquiring every type of bird on the planet.
Palmer and Munro endure the perils of stormy seas, treacherous reefs and a shark-hunting Captain en route to Laysan Island, a paradise of millions of seabirds and a tantalising lure of several species unknown to science.
Palmer follows the scant journals of famous naturalists as he seeks to rediscover birds unseen for decades. He soon becomes fixated with the fabulous Mamo, a bird whose yellow feathers has adorned the cloaks and capes of Hawaiian Kings for centuries.
Killing Paradise is a story based on the lives and events of real people in a world of last chances.