“Toby didn’t look up. He had been woken in the night by a woman’s soft cry, pulling him from sleep, and now he was afraid.”
Six-year-old Toby has to leave the only home he’s ever known to go and live with his grandfather Tom in a remote part of the New South Wales coast near Moutrey Point. Fourteen hours away by train, the south coast’s towering seas, ferocious storms and swirling seabirds are all unimaginable to a small boy who knows only creeks and shallow dams.
Toby and Tom have only met once before, but gradually became inseparable as they deal with their grief, share adventures, survive perils and carve out a whole new life together.
Tom has many things to teach his small grandson and discovers along the way that he too has much to learn.
This heartwarming story for children of all ages is by the Australian author Peter Bowes who has previously published fiction for adults and The Bookmaker from Rabaul, a fictionalised account of the still-unsolved Somerton Man case.