The book is quite extraordinary and moving, simply and beautifully written. It tells us much about what drives an important Australian and of what it was like to be black in urban north Queensland in the 1940s and 1950s. Sykes has written the story of a black child brought up white and torn between two worlds, eventually consumed by the black side of her heritage into an Aboriginal world that is hers by default. It is an honest account of a naive childhood and the process of growing up, speeded by misfortune, prejudice and trauma. Read it, to understand Queensland and what drives Roberta Sykes.