The sun is sinking on Britain's Empire.Adam Messiah's father has brought him up believing that to sleep secure he needs more than the Bible. But, in the early hours of Monday the 8th of December 1941 when Japanese planes bomb the city, his father is short of answers.They live in a shophouse in the Jewish mahallah of Singapore, witness the catastrophe of Surrender ten weeks later and endure the scourge of the Occupation. The Japanese, allied to Germany, intern the entire Jewish community, the only n-Europeans so treated. Away from his father for the first time and seeing so much unjustifiable misery Adam seeks other mentors.When his father dies his ghost stays with Adam and sets the pattern of his life and love. Unable to shake off his nurturing to remain separate within a fusion of diverse people, he stitches together a few stories to see if he can discover what went wrong with his life.
Moshe Elias was born and lived half his life within the Jewish community of Singapore; he spent the other half in India, Scotland, England and Israel. As a wandering Jew he finds much happiness wherever he lives. In Singapore he served as youth and community leader; worked in the government as it progressed from colony to self-rule and independence, then made his home in the UK where he presently resides.