The story of a Dutch boy, born on a tea plantation on Java, and his friendship with the son of one of Indonesian staff. The book tells the story of them growing up together, from the point of view of the Dutch boy. He doesn’t realize how different society, both the white and Indonesian, treats them. They go to separate schools, have different career options, and slowly grow apart. They relate to each other less and less, while in the background Indonesians want to become independent from the Dutch. Short but very nice book.