Mrefu is a story of growing up--in England during wartime and in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, which forever shatters the privileged lifestyle of the European settlers. A serious illness dashes some of his dreams but Sheridan learns self-reliance when, as a young boy, he travels alone on a troop-ship. Later he finds excitement chasing wild game on horseback in Kenya. After he decides that there is no future for him in Africa, Sheridan immigrates to Canada. He crews on a 77' schooner across the Atlantic that narrowly escapes shipwreck off Antigua. This is a tale of loss and triumph, loneliness and love, shyness and confidence, which is told with refreshing candour and self-depreciating humour.