It's 1942, and war is raging in Europe and in the Pacific. The Japanese army is on Australia's doorstep, and the small coastal Queensland town of Maryborough is on full war footing. The engineering plant is churning out battleships, and pilots are being trained at the airbase. The people are prepared to meet Hirohito's army head on. What they are not prepared for is the arrival in the town of a troupe of incompetent actors whose over confident leader, William Power, is determined to bring his daring production of Titus Andronicus to the barbarians of rural Australia.
Robert Gott was born in the small Queensland town of Maryborough in 1957, and lives in Melbourne. He has published many books for children, and is also the creator of the newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man. He is also the author of the William Power trilogy of crime-caper novels set in 1940s Australia: Good Murder, A Thing of Blood, and Amongst the Dead.