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Master storyteller David Hill traces the fortunes of two New Zealand families over seven generations, through wars, depressions, disasters, protest and social change in this exciting novel for intermediate readers.

Follow the fortunes of two families – their triumphs and disasters, losses and discoveries – in this enthralling novel by a bestselling author.

A family boards a ship bound for New Zealand. What will they find there?

Tests lie ahead – war, earthquakes, protest marches, brushes with death.

And so do some thrilling discoveries . . .

Master storyteller David Hill traces the fortunes of two New Zealand families, through seven generations and over 130 years of fast-flowing change, in this exciting and richly rewarding novel for intermediate readers.


[The] stories are full of interest, danger, excitement and a great understanding of how New Zealand has been shaped by our inhabitants. There are things which I am sure readers will identify with – for example the axe which almost did for Duncan becomes a kind of taonga and helps to save Alan’s life; the reaction of Hahona’s family when they first hear the bagpipes, and how that reaction becomes part of the shared family histories; the interconnections of the families through marriage – all these and much more are woven into a lovely generational story.

Sue Esterman, The Reader

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 30, 2018


    RRP $19.99

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    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
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    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    April 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • Booktopia NZ
Book Clubs

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 17 May 2018

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First to the Top
Enemy Camp
Sky High
Flight Path
Speed King
Coming Back
My Brother's War
Brave Company
The Deadly Sky
Hero of the Sea
No Safe Harbour
The River Runs


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Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
I Am Sasha
The Diary Of A Young Girl
Playing Beatie Bow
Pride And Prejudice
Our Australian Girl: The Grace Stories
Chinese Cinderella
Wuthering Heights
Little Women
Anna and the Swallow Man
The Locket of Dreams
Hetty Feather's Christmas
Ghost Soldier
Only Remembered
Mortal Combat