When Theo and Rachel Matheson head for Auckland to spend a fortnight with their uncle and aunt, they are prepared for the usual entertainments that the city can provide. But their relatives have curious neighbours who seem to take an unusual interest in the red-haired twins. And once they meet the extraordinary Mr Jones, their holiday begins to take a course of its own.
Beneath extinct volcanoes giant creatures are waking from a spellbound sleep of several thousand years. Their goal is the destruction of the world. Time is running out. The Matheson twins, chosen to oppose the monsters, know themselves to be as fallible as any other eleven-year-olds . . .
This children's classic by award-winning Maurice Gee is now a major motion picture event.