Jack Chambers is an eleven year old boy with a love for adventure and an even greater love for his Grandad. Every Saturday Jack would help his Grandad with chores around the house whilst listening to his exciting stories from the past, some so engrossing that Jack could picture himself living them out.
One cold starry night his Grandad reveals to him a secret treasure chest and a worn leather bound manuscript; ‘The Book of Legends’. From the moment Jack learns the story of the ancient book he soon finds himself on a perilous quest to find five pieces of a fallen star.
His Grandad, wise and adventurous guides him on a dangerous mission from London, England to the outback of Australia where they soon encounter a group of evil men intent on finding the star before they do.
Leading the enemy is an old adversary of Jack’s Grandad, a nasty man called Kazael. It does not take long for him to gain the upper hand and for Jack to be left alone in a foreign land without the support of his hero for the first time in his life.
Jack must face his fears as he battles a crocodile, takes a ride on a wild Emu and with the help of three local indigenous aboriginal men tracks Kazael to a remote cave.
What ensues is a climactic battle, where new allies and foes alike rush to capture the star.
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