Wong Chung's father is taking him on his journey westwards by camel along the Silk Road, introducing him to the life of a trader. They traverse deserts, moving from oasis to oasis, and endure sandstorms and thirst along the way. When they are attacked by bandits, it is Wong Chung who saves the day by helping the bandit leader's son and thereby averting the theft of all their bundles of silk. Atmospheric full page illustrations, using predominantly black and white and sandy colours accompany the text to great effect. There is plenty of additional information at the end of the book in the form of history, a timeline, a map, geography and terms and concepts to ensure that the book can be used effectively as a cross curricular teaching aid.