In a small coastal community threatened by developers it is a time of fear and confusion - and growing anger as the people begin to respond. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people's struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk. When dramatic events menace the marae, his grief and rage threaten to burst beyond the confines of his twisted body. His all-seeing eye looks forward to a strange and terrible new dawn.
Patricia Grace is the author of six novels, five short-story collections and several children's books. She has won many awards for her work, including the New Zealand Fiction Award for Potiki in 1987, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2001 with Dogside Story, which also won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize. Grace lives in Plimmerton near Wellington on the ancestral land of Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa in close proximity to her home marae at Hongoeka Bay. Her most recent book is Ned & Katina, a non-fiction work tracing the lives of Ned and Katina Nathan.