CBD is a futuristic book of two worlds and two times that
strangely come together. The main story is set in the 23rd Century in the tiny
walled city of CBD built by the powerful CroNulla tribe from the ruins of
what had been Sydney's centre. This is Gheera's story, a young female scribe who
writes down the words of Yrec the Yarncarrier as he tells his history of the
CroNullas. But as Gheera records the blind man's words she wonders about their
truth. For she has a set of secret diaries from another time. These are Billi's
Diaries, from the mid-21st Century, and they tell a very different story of the
past. Gheera sets out on a search for the truth. She becomes tangled in the dirty power-play of the CroNulla world, and
is dragged along in a series of events that spin out of control.
For young Gheera, the city of CBD is grey and
suffocating. She longs to escape, and partly does so through Billi's diaries.
These diaries are written by a farm boy in rough, phonetic script, full of
spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. But they are alive and exciting, and
the more Gheera reads, the more she longs to discover the real world. Her chance
comes when she meets a young boy, an illiterate tunnel-dweller who hangs on her
every word as she reads the diaries aloud. Gradually an escape plan is hatched.
But, as the pair discover, there's more to escaping than just running away.