AN OBSERVER GUARDIAN TELEGRAPH TIMES SUNDAY TIMES and BOOKTRUST BOOK OF THE YEAR A Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month ‘I don’t know when I last read a book with such pure and unalloyed pleasure. It’s ingenious it’s moving it’s charming it’s beautiful it’s exciting and most importantly the characters are people I feel I know like old friends’ – Philip Pullman Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend she’s an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja’s turban this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks but the deal ends badly and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief’s name. Powerful forces are working against her and they will do anything to protect their secrets.