Brian Byrne’s family moved to Brisbane when he was young, but tales of northwest Queensland
were the backdrop of his childhood. He has an authentic knack of taking his readers back to
the joys and heartbreak of childhood and adolescence. Brian has two adult children. He and his
wife have lived in San Francisco for many years. But while you can take the boy out of
Queensland, you can never really take Queensland out of the boy.
For Ian Sullivan, 1963 starts out like any other year in his northwest Queensland town. He’s
safe and secure with his parents, and his extended family. But turning thirteen is a time of
change, no matter where, or when, you live. At first, the two new kids in town look like they
represent a new mate, Tony, and his shy kid sister, Sophia. But when Tony turns out to have an
unexpected side, and when Sophia stirs feelings of love and compassion, Ian must reevaluate
his world view.
Secrets abound in the outback Australian town of Verity Creek. Ian finds himself in the middle
of conflict, tragedy and intrigue. Take a journey with Ian and Sophia, as they push their
boundaries to try and set things right