Rod was born in Geelong, Australia in 1958, the youngest of five children. After a seven year stint in the Australian Army as an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers including two years with Commandos, he entered private enterprise. After his two children left home he and his wife realised a lifelong dream and undertook a lifestyle and career change. Now living in country Victoria, Rod has begun to write and establish himself as an author.
Growing up in a devout, middle-class English family in China during the Sino–Japanese war leaves its mark on Bill and sets in place a series of events that leads him to join the war effort as a teenager, go down the coal mines of Wales and to eventually migrate to Australia to start afresh.
Bill is a young English boy living with his missionary family in Shanghai during the 1930s. He and his sisters live a safe and carefree life, but as the presence of Japanese soldiers rises, it becomes increasingly clear that their safety is endangered.