There is very little in print for younger readers in the way of factual material about kangaroos. Joey was destined to be one of the red 'roos, the biggest variety. He was made motherless by hunters during his first venture outside of his mother's pocket. His grief is touchingly handled but not overly sentimentally because the demands of survival force him to adjust immediately to adoption by a mother 'roo who had lost her baby escaping the slaughter. Joey is shown learning to hop, fight natural enemies with his feet, and to challenge other male 'roos for the privilege of a harem. At 7 feet and 200 lbs., his story ends just as he acquires his first doe. His No. 1 wife is a 'roo he had known from his baby days. While it is very satisfying to think of him settling down with the girl from the pouch next door, it seems an abrupt ending, although his adult experiences can be inferred from descriptions of the leader of the group Joey had grown up with.