Described as  a young adult ‘factional’ novel written around Australian battles along the Kokoda Trail during World War II,  the story centres around the intertwined lives of Derek, the son of Australian missionaries at the Gona Mission, and Morso, a native Papuan. When all women and children are ordered back to Australia, Derek and Morso disappear into the jungle. When the Japanese come they and Derek’s father  become part of the small band of Diggers who save Australia from invasion. There is racism, heroism, death and savagery; and there is also compassion, bravery beyond belief and a mateship that has no equal. Illustrated with black and white photographs.