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By Jim Anderson

After the mysterious loss of life of his grandfather, 11-year-old Lindsay Armstrong and his kinfolk go away England for a brand new lifestyles in New South Wales. estate is got in distant Billarooby, a small cost at the Lachlan River. it really is 1942. The conflict is much away, yet a stranger the boy chases from the farm, seems to be a tender eastern soldier escaped from a close-by POW camp. His witness of the brutal recapture of the prisoner, triggers the terrible reminiscence of a festering kinfolk mystery concerning either himself and his tyrannical father. the difficulty in Billarooby has simply all started. Lindsay acquires an image publication approximately historic samurai warriors and their Code of Bushido. He involves think that the prisoners want for not anything yet to re-join the Emperor and regain their honour, anything he feels is missing within the neighborhood global that surrounds him. Lindsay isn't the just one captivated with the prisoners. The district's paranoid fantasies of mass get away are decidedly blacker than Lindsay's imaginings. Racial tensions erupt because the nice drought grips and threatens to wreck the as soon as flourishing farm. Vigilantism mixed with lack of ability to take on the reality in regards to the Armstrong family's darkest prior, force Lindsay's mom and dad to determined measures and bouts of insanity. For Lindsay, it is a coming-of-age of significant poignancy because the tale reaches its climax at the dried-up river mattress of the Lachlan.

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