Despite his increasingly successful career as an artist, Jonathan Starr was a young man haunted by his tragic childhood. Four-year-old Jonathan survived both a horrific car accident, which he believed claimed the life of his father, as well as the mysterious disappearance of his mother. He has decided to take time out of his burgeoning career to visit the area where he was raised in order to find out more about his parents. A puzzling visit from a senior police officer, just prior to his leaving on the trip and a letter containing startling news, sets Jonathan on a quest to discover the truth about his parents. A journey that will take many unexpected turns but will ultimately lead to a tragic conclusion. Ascent of the Solitary Soul is the latest novel by Mike Streak, a widely travelled South African who has had a variety of careers and now runs a bakery in the Western Cape.