This is the dramatic first volume in the Surya Trilogy by Whitbread award-winning author of Coram Boy, Jamila Gavin. In 1947 India is rocked by the Independence movement and partition with Pakistan. Their lives disrupted by violence, Jaspal and Marvinder are sent from their Indian village to find their father, who is a student in England. This is a story touching on culture, class, faith and family set against the backdrop of Indian independence. No children's books about India conveys these issues and themes with the effortless ease of Jamila Gavin.