What could be worse, Matt Turner wonders, than having to leave your parents, friends and the buzz of big city life for a remote rural school that’s so small it only has two classrooms, and two teachers who are married to each other?
The twelve-year old soon finds out that worse things can happen. A school project plunges him into his worst nightmare – he has to make a speech in public.
Matt decides to speak about New Zealand’s First World War pacifist, Archibald Baxter.
But is that a good idea in a district where almost every family has lost someone to war?