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Mark Appleby is in grave danger - danger of growing up soft and spineless under his grandmother's fussy care, or sly and deceitful in his efforts to live the proper life of a boy. Determined to break free, he forms a plan which goes completely wrong and lands him in perils and hardships he had never bargained for. As a result, he grows up quickly. Among those who help him are Tessa Palma, an attractive Italian girl of his own age, and Garibaldi, the lion-like guerrilla general.
(blurb taken from first edition)