"When Magpie chases an eagle, he flies out to sea and finds himself on an island. He is a castaway and all alone, until young Benny finds him while he is out fishing with his father. Benny finds him a partner - a female magpie - and brings her to him in a basket. When Magpie is again marooned, Benny decides to call the place Magpie Island. With Roger Haldane's original illustrations, this beautiful and haunting story is an Australian Classic."