Orphaned and feeling shipwrecked, Kevin Robbins ends up with relatives who, unlike his own parents, are practicing Christians. Unable to make the adjustment, Kevin ‘cop out’ by running away to his home town.
On the way he is adopted by two crooks who insist on ‘protecting’ him from the police. He fools himself into believing that as long as he has no clear proof of his partner’s’ crimes his own conscience is clear.
Eventually the proof comes. Suddenly Kevin really finds himself wanted by the police. Not knowing where to go, his description broadcast by the media, he drifts aimlessly, intent only on avoiding human contact.
He runs from his mother’s memory, from his foster parents, from people who want to help him, from the crooks, from the police. But mostly he runs from himself, accompanied only by another vagabond, Hobojo his one and only friend.
Piet Prins (pen name for Pieter Jongeling 1909-1985) was one of the most popular Dutch authors of children books. For many years he was the editor of a Reformed Christian daily newspaper, in which he wrote most of his children’s books as serials under the name Piet Prins.