But then his Dad moves the family to a remote outlying island called Lantau. Much to his surprise, John enjoys the trips to the beach, bicycle rides and growing vegetables.
After tracking down a rare parrot, he experiences the excitement of cricket fighting and the fun of meeting new friends.
When Dad falls seriously ill, a mysterious old peasant woman shares a secret about a Chinese remedy that may help his Dad get better. John finds the ingredients in the mountains but will he be able to get them to the hospital in time?