In the 1950s, Makis, a young Greek boy, is brought to London by his mother after their home is destroyed by an earthquake. He faces problems of fitting into a community which is alien to his Greek home and helping his mother adjust to this new life. Although he struggles at first, he discovers that he can play football and is picked for the school team. When Makis is forced to make a choice between his mother and his team, he learns how difficult life can be.
The author has clearly researched the background to the story, both in Kefalonia at the time of the 1953 earthquake and Camden Town, London. Simple dialogue and descriptions of school life, playing football, and Greek culture are interwoven, capturing the period without distracting from the plot. The main character appears perceptive yet strong, capable of compassion and kindness but prepared to go to great lengths to achieve his objectives. The action is moving and explores the dilemmas faced by a young person who is struggling to achieve his own goals in an unfamiliar land.