'What could be worse than living a lie? This is the burden thirteen year old Yong must carry as he lives the life of a dutiful son when his heart wishes to defy his father. He is tormented by this realisation and hopes his ancestors cannot see his honour is a farce. Yong’s Father and other villagers have borrowed a great deal of money from a moneylender for their passage from the poverty of China to the promised wealth of the Australian goldfields. ...'