Jacinta Kelly (Jars), a part-Aboriginal girl living in the Northern Territory, is orphaned when a buffalo charges her family's ute, tragically killing her mother, father and brother. Because she has no other family members in the NT, she is sent to live with her uncle, aunt and cousin (Snook) in Tasmania. Snook and Jars quickly become friends, and along with Quenton Quigly, the annoying but not altogether bad son of the mayor of the area, they have an adventure when they go camping in the forest with Snook's father. Jars meets the Forest Spirit - an apparition that has appeared in her dreams, and now asks for her help to uncover a secret in the Tasmanian bush. Jars, her cousin Snook and the bumbling Quenton Quigley begin an adventure in the wilderness that takes many unexpected twists and turns!
David Laing, a retired teacher and School Principal, is now a full-time published author. His teaching took him to South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania. During that time, in addition to studying Aboriginal Studies 1,2 and 3 at the Adelaide University, he also taught Aboriginal students of various ages-children and adults-and over that time learned a great deal about the Aboriginal culture. This provided him with the background to write his novels. Currently, David lives in Deloraine, Tasmania, with his wife Wendy and dog Jesse. He is now writing a fourth Young Adult novel.