Enter the exclusive world of the Black Diamonds—the daughters of the South African elite. Sara Diwane is a simple rural girl. Her dreams come true when she moves to Johannesburg and gets a scholarship to St Dominic’s, an exclusive private school in the heart of the affluent northern suburbs. She becomes embroiled in the glamorous world of the private school elite; clubbing, designer wear, and gorgeous swimmers and rugby players. All this is ruled over by a group of beautiful, wealthy and connected young women called the Black Diamonds. They open her eyes to a glittering lifestyle enjoyed by the beau monde of the City of Gold. Seduced by the popularity, unyielding power, and endless parade of gorgeous eight-packs that comes with an association with these girls, Sara wants nothing more than to be accepted by the Black Diamonds. But all that glitters is not gold… Secrets and devious plots underpin this glitzy world and the ultimate sisterhood, and although almost everything is hers for the taking, there are certain things, or people, that she just cannot have. Will she ever truly fit into a world of mansions and Zara, when she’s living in a four-roomed house and wearing Pep? The promise of this life of is just within her grasp. But in a world where the price of everything is sky-high, how much will she have to pay for the ultimate acceptance?
Sara nodded in wonderment. How could she not see that? It seemed every opportunity could truly be hers.
“That’s what we can do for you,” Kea said. “So what do we want from you? The Black Diamonds only demand the utmost loyalty, respect, and honour. We’re sisters and we expect to be treated as such. This is a golden opportunity, Sara, I’m sure you can see that. All we ask is that you remain loyal to your sisters, and to me. Betrayal of any kind will not be tolerated.” She spoke these words with calm grace but they chilled Sara to the bone. “Respect is also very important. In order to command respect, you must have respect. Firstly, I am the leader of the Black Diamonds and you owe me that respect.” Sara nodded ardently. “I’m also sure you understand that when you become a Black Diamond, you’ll be the lowest rank. We like to think of you as Coal. The very beginnings of a Diamond.” Sara nodded with a gulp. “And of course, honour. A Black Diamond is above all a lady. Remember that.
“This is a huge honour, Sara, one that we don’t bestow on just anyone. You will need to prove that you are worthy of the respect and honour of being part of our little society. If you succeed, you will earn the privilege of being called a Black Diamond, and all the perks that come with it—respect, popularity, a network of contacts any CEO would kill for, guys falling at your feet, and the most influential and connected girls as not even just friends, but sisters.”
Sara’s heart drummed in a wild rhythm, a soaring cacophony of anticipation and excitement.
“If you fail,” Kea said with the tiniest hint of a threat in her velvety voice. “Well, let’s just say, a shun from the Black Diamonds is a shun from everyone.”
Her heart hammered and in that moment, Sara had a bit of an epiphany. She did not care what it took, or what she had to do, but she knew that she what she wanted more than anything in the world was to become one of them. A Black Diamond.