In this sequel to Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo (1992), Winton continues to chronicle the tempestuous life of 13-year-old Lockie, Australian surfer kid and lover. Lockie keeps falling in love, this time with a girl who's a better surfer than he is, and who, to his embarrassment, is I i. He is responsible when his unlikely new best friend and minister's son, Egg, gets into metal music and all-black clothing. The ostensible plot involves Lockie and Egg's attempts to prod their indifferent town into cleaning up the nauseating pollution in their harbor. That easily won environmental battle is the only part of the book that doesn't work, but Winton's quirky characterizations fuel the real thrust of the book: laugh-outloud scenes as Lockie struggles with being 13. Winton knows surfing, understands adolescence, and exhibits great comic pacing; he's a flat-out good writer, and this is a flat-out funny book.