Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
With the possible exception of Saudi Arabia, the British were the critical factor in developing Middle Eastern oil reserves, and their presence and power went considerably beyond the limits of territorial integrity for the nation of Iran, for instance. In this story, a desert-dweller stumbles across the body of a murdered British oil engineer. In the thrifty manner of his kind, he buries the corpse but takes the perfectly good boots off of it and passes them along to a friend. The British send someone to investigate the man's death, and the only clue they find is related to the boots found by the unwary traveler. Not understanding local customs, they don't believe the man when he swears on the Koran that he didn't commit the murder. As a result, his imprisonment causes a tribal war in the region.