Tamariki Kiwi is an indifferent scholar who flees from his classroom and his home to pursue and impossible dream. He meets the mischievous Ruffles Kea who introduces him to a world of possibility. Ruffles and his friends help Tama to achieve his aspiration, but, in doing so, the kiwi learns to endure hardship, embarrassment, terror and loneliness. His vindication comes when he has to choose between his new-found skill and his family.
In this delightful tale that includes truancy, delinquency, adventure, kidnapping and rescue, Peter Durney and artist Gordon Pembridge portray an animal world that is not so different from our own.