Bill is a small bird belonging to the finch family. At long last he is old enough to go on his first holiday with his brother. To reach their holiday camp they have to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, where Bill gets to see dolphins and whales. Unfortunately the flock gets attacked by a sparrow-hawk while flying over the sea. Although this terrifying and life threatening experience puts a drastic change to Bill’s holiday plans, it actually enables him to help a friend who is struggling to cope with a traumatic experience. Hence, he learns that often something good can be found in a negative experience. The story is action-packed, it has a strong moral stance and is written with a good portion of humour.
Barbara Beck was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm in Hout Bay, near Cape Town. She has been living in Switzerland since 1978. She has two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.