'When it came to football, Billy was different. Black hands grab the ball. Black feet kick the ball. Black hopes rise up with the ball to the sickly white sky. No one can stop him now. He forgets about the river, and the people of his blood . . .' But who can forget their own past? Billy finds that the ties which hold him to the people of his blood are strong indeed . . . The stories in this volume of World Stories has stories by Australian writers Mena Abdullah and Ray Mathew, Judith Wright, Archie Weller, Dal Stivens, David Malouf, Marion Halligan.