It was the year I broke a bone in my leg, the year I got my first kiss, and the year Jesus got himself shot. One dead Japanese pearl-diver who is starting to smell. A big, slow Filipino crewman. A beautiful girl called Amy O'Rourke. And Sam, who gets mixed up wit them all, and maybe shouldn't have. Sam is a skinny layabout, working at the Sun Picture Stadium for his dad, and dreaming of being a hero, a cowboy, a legend. It's Broome, the year is 1926, and the heat is on.
Reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, 14-year-old Sam, although in truth powerless, is king of the town of Broome because of his ability to engage with all levels of people, a most unusual thing in this class, and race, determined society.
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