"When I was a little girl, I thought that all babies hatched from golden eggs."
So begins Lynette Aspey's "Sleeping Dragons", the tale of a widower and his daughter in outback Australia who find themselves the guardians of an ancient secret.
One of a hundred sons of Vietnamese myth, Ryan Ashton is an adorable and mischievous toddler. He is loved - but Elaine and her father know that one day someone will come for him.
When that day comes, it is in the form of an ancient Vietnamese elder, who places before Elaine's father a choice. It is a choice between love and duty. Elaine knows that they cannot give up her little brother to the mysterious stranger, but can she convince her father in time?