This story feels like a passion project by writer Steve Cole, it is full of heart, soul and some genuinely moving moments.
About a boy called Carlos – who lives in the Amazon – the story follows him as he is kidnapped by a gang of illegal gold miners. He’s taken to the middle of the jungle, where the gang intend to use Carlos to blackmail his mother, who works as a Special Forces soldier trying to stop land-grabbers, farmers and gold miners from destroying the rainforest.
But Carlos manages to escape into the jungle and is helped by a strange, mutated boy called Davi. The boy, we learn, was part of a tribe who lived in the rainforest until his world was burnt down by illegal loggers. Davi and Carlos’s interaction – and their running from the Amazon fires – is a close-up reminder for children that we must take care of our planet and fight the people trying to destroy the “lungs of the earth”.