Unit Suitable For:
AC: Year 9 (NSW Stage 5)
When a mysterious cannibal pot is discovered by Steven Messenger, it is only one of the many bizarre clues that lead to the truth behind an age-old murder mystery.
On 4 June 1629, the Dutch vessel Batavia struck uncharted rocks off the West Australian coast. By the time help arrived, over 120 men, women and children had met their deaths not in the sea, but murdered by two fellow survivors, Wouter Loos and Jan Pelgrom.
In 1986, Steven Messenger discovers gruesome relics from that wreck. Four months later he disappears without a trace. Where is Messenger? Is his disappearance linked to the relics? Someone knows . . . somewhere . . .
Source: Hachette Books
'Jeronimus Cornelisz had spent two days alone on the Batavia as the waves and the coral joined forces to rip apart the hull. Like most sailors and passengers on seventeenth-century ships, he could not swim. Here, Titlestad discusses the Batavia wreck and Cornelisz's transformation.' (Publication abstract)