'All of Australia′s dingoes may be descended from one south-east Asian ′rubbish dog′ who arrived here over 5,000 years ago. This is a story about the first dingo.
'It is also the story of Loa, who heads off across the sea in his canoe when the girl he loves marries another. He takes only his spears and a "rubbish dog", one of the scavengers from around the camp to eat if he gets hungry, or to throw to threatening sharks or crocodiles. But when a storm blows boy and dog out to sea, both must learn to survive in a strange new world as partners - and even as friends.' (From the publisher's website.)