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The story begins in 1944 when Danny Foley emerged from the bush to enter high school. Danny felt the going rough through secondary school and often clashed with teachers and headmasters.
After secondary school Danny entered Teachers’ College, but his blunt Irish ancestry caused him trouble.
As a teacher Danny became obsessed with the plight of the ‘slow-learner’ children, and in his fight to assist them he often fell foul of the education system and headmasters who regarded these unfortunate children as parasites on the system.