We journey back to the land of the Nile and the great era of the Pharaohs as we become immersed in an exhilarating story of the arduous fulfillment of a boy's dream. With the death of his father, 12-year-old Ranofer is forced to live a life of cruel beatings, hunger and incessant hard labor under the aegis of his evil half-brother Gebu. Only his dreams of one day mastering the skills of goldsmithing sustain Ranofer through his difficult days as a stonecutter's apprentice in Gebu's workshop. Even more exasperating, is Ranofer's knowledge of Gebu's thievery, of the stolen golden goblet buried among his possessions. But alas who would believe him without adequate proof? Long hours of observation and probing provide the youngster with clues which he courageously follows through until he proves to the satisfaction of the Queen herself that Gebu has been stealing treasure from the sacred Valley of the Tombs. We are given a most worthy hero in Ranofer, one who struggles with his own fears and ideals, who smarts under his own cowardice, but who finds the power to rise to his own strength. This plus the vividly detailed setting make the book an excellent choice.