"The forgotten island of Run lies in the backwaters of the East Indies, a remote and fractured speck of rock that is separated from it's nearest land mass, Australia, by more than 600 miles of ocean. It is these days a place of such insignificance that it fails even to make it onto the map"......"It was not always thus. Turn to the copperplate maps of the seventeenth century and Run is writ large across the page, it's size out of all proportion to it's geography. In those days, Run was the most talked about island in the world, a place of such fabulous wealth that Eldorado's riches seemed tawdry by comparison......A forest of willowy trees fringed the islands mountainous backbone; trees of exquisite fragrance. Tall and foliaged like laurel, they were adorned with bell-shaped flowers and bore a fleshy, lemon yellow fruit. To the botanist they were called Myristica fragrans To the plain speaking merchants of England they were known simply as nutmeg"== 'Nathaniel's Nutmeg' Giles Milton 1999 Hodder and Stoughton.