German-Australians are the largest minority group in the nation as it joins the rest of the British Empire to fight against Germany. How are they to deal with the sudden hostility of their neighbours and the Government? Amid immense suffering caused by conflicting adults, gifted child-musicians want to help the world. An adolescent boy in Adelaide, ‘City of Churches’, believes Christianity is the way to peace. It’s hard to worship with people who believe God wants him to fight—and perhaps die—in war, for the sake of the British Empire.
Exploring timeless themes, Stephen Crabbe’s three connected stories bring to life the state of South Australia in the first years of Federation