Darkus finds his life turned upside down when his scientist father mysteriously disappears from a sealed vault at work. His dad’s not the sort who would abandon his son but nobody can work out where he’s gone or why. It’s up to Uncle Maximillian, a famous archaeologist, to give Darkus a home among the unusual objects he’s collected on his travels.
Darkus finds an unlikely friend in a magnificent rhinoceros beetle called Baxter and their friendship leads him to a stunning discovery. The real questions are, where did Baxter really come from and can he help Darkus find his father?
This is a fast-moving adventure full of memorable characters, from the hilarious bumbling fools who live next door, to the resourceful kids who refuse to be beaten. You’ll find out more than you ever thought possible about beetles and discover a truly scary villain in Lucretia Cutter, a cruel woman with an astonishing secret.
- Karen Thirkell, Writer