Butterfly Island is a small holiday resort - one of the tropical islands of the Great Barrier Reef which fringe the coast of North Queensland. It is owned by Charlie Wilson, who loves the Australian Reef and is determined to preserve its unspoilt beauty. Yet Butterfly is no longer a success - each season the bookings drop and there's no money for improvements. Sally, the eldest of his children, wants to change Butterfly to attract teenagers like herself, but Charlie utterly forbids her schemes.
Soon, however, family conflicts are pushed aside as the Wilsons face a different crisis: their launch, with twelve-year-old Jackie aboard, disappears. When the thief is discovered and brought back to the island, further disasters strike. Yet the thief is Vo Diem, a Vietnamese refugee who is only a teenager himself. In fact, he is innocent of all the other problems which confront the Wilsons. Someone is prepared to go to any lengths to drive them away from Butterfly Island. Ultimately it needs the courage and resource of Vo Diem to save Jackie's life - and the island. (Source: back cover)