The Small Party

Lillian Beckwith

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05 April 2012
168 pages

When her children wake in the dead of night to loud bangs and flashing lights, Ruth is quick to dismiss the commotion as a simple thunderstorm. Yet it soon becomes apparent that their island port is under attack, besieged by a gang of violent rebel forces. And they're heading their way . . .

Forced to flee their home, the family begin a perilous journey of escape. But Ruth could never have imagined the terrible scenes that they are forced to confront, as the anarchists wreak havoc, and every islander is out for themselves in a desperate fight for survival.

The small party of refugees face unimaginable dangers, and with only a desperate mother's strength to keep them alive, they will be forced to rely on others for help. But whom can they really trust?