The migrant experience in Australia has been written about before. But Cher Chidzey's book tackles the notion of our 'tribal voices' with a rare honesty and courage. 'Tribal voices' are the attitudes we learn from the earliest years of childhood. These sources of collective experience can be strengths and they can be obstacles to understanding others who come from a different background. Ken's Quest tells the story of a migrant's quest for wealth. But regulations thwart him, and while he struggles to deal with the present he sees his past in a new light. His life is transformed, first by friendship and then by love.