It's 1972. When hot-headed, impetuous Jack Muir gets off the ship in Durban, he fails to get back on. Instead, he sails into misadventure, fleeing the stifling town of Genoralup to try to lose himself in South Africa at the height of apartheid. But the past has a way of catching up with you, and soon Jack is running again, this time to a kibbutz in Israel.
In the course of a lifetime, Jack will travel far, always caught between fleeing from and seeking those things he needs- a mother's precious gift, a lover in a time of war, the loss of a child, a kind and steady woman.
And, across time and across continents, old Jack Muir will remember those who helped him become a decent man, a better father and a friend.
Jon Doust is the author of three novels- Boy on a Wire, To the Highlands and now Return Ticket. Jon was born into a farming and retailing family, and after a short career farming and retailing, he left for a life on the hippy trail in South Africa and then to live on a kibbutz in Israel. In a desperate state, with his first marriage and his life falling apart, he sought solace in study at Curtin University (then the WA Institute of Technology) where he gained a BA in English. He has worked as a journalist, professional speaker, comedian and facilitator. These days he lives in a place he has loved all his life - Kincannup, Kinjarling, better known as Albany, Western Australia.