When the British East India Company was forced to retire decorously from the opium trade, the operation of that trade, crucially important to the survival of the British Empire, fell to the free China Traders. Dirk Struan, exiled from his hereditary lands, has by boldness, native intelligence, and natural nobility elevated his smuggling operations to the status of the most respected shipping company in the Far East. Now the British have captured the island of Hong Kong, commanding the best port in Asia, and Dirk, envisioning the commercial empires to be built on this bleak rock, wants to resign as Tai-Pan, supreme leader, of Struan and Company, and go to Parliament to secure the future of Hong Kong and the British Empire. But Dirk's fortune, his joss, is tied to Hong Kong now, and the mysterious East may not let him go...
Original title: Tai-Pan
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Asia