A hit-and-run accident forms the basis for this gripping, well-crafted story by the acclaimed Australian writer, author of The Watcher in the Garden, Fly into Danger, and other works for young adults. At 16, Roland has let his rich, manipulative father control and intimidate him: his father sends him off to boarding school and fixes things whenever Roland gets into trouble, using his wealth and influence. One day, egged on by taunts from workers in a local garage, Roland roars off in the snazzy red Ferrari he's been eyeing. And an accident quickly follows: Roland slams into a baby carriage and speeds away, but with Constable Gordon Sutton in hot pursuit. Roland wrecks the Ferrari and flees on foot into the nearby wilderness, Gordon right on his trail. Their elaborate stalking game turns into a deeper, more psychological drama when Gordon captures Roland, then falls and breaks his leg, leaving the boy the perfect opportunity to escape. But Roland returns to help, instead of abandoning Gordon to die. The bond that grows between them as they wait for help is powerfully and very believably drawn. Roland discovers a sense of responsibility within himself as well as the courage to face the punishment for his own misdeeds. Tautly written and suspenseful, and highly recommended.