Masina a small boy who lives in a village in Nepal, is often teased about his ambition to be a Gurkha, but he has set his heart on it. This is the story of how he learns, through having to make a long and difficult journey by himself, the lesson that it is courage and not size that makes a Gurkha.
In this third book of the Young World Series, superb photographs illustrate a moving, exciting and very real story. They give, too , a lively picture of the Nepalese people, their homes, their work, their customs and beliefs.
The american author and photographer actually lived in this Nepalese village while they were collecting material for the book and got to know Masina and the other village people well.