Marco Polo Blackberry is a story of a twelve year old boy who earns enormous profits trading stocks and commodities on the Internet and, joined by pen pals from six different continents, he learns of the desperate plight of less fortunate children. Marco finds a way to help, using his wits (and newly-acquired wealth), all the while facing problems of his own: school, bullies, non-understanding adults, and most of all, girls.
However it is also a story of children in war torn Africa, of maraudering gangs of thugs, burning, and pillaging. It's a story of disease, of the lack of food, clean water, and medicine.
Marco learns a great deal about foreign places from his zany, exotic, and delightfully irrepressible Auntie M. who travels the world and brings back gifts and stories from faraway. It is she who guides Marco with her wisdom, and who provides the moral voice to help him decide the important principles by which to live.
Spanning the globe and dealing with the universal issues of war, poverty, and disease, Marco Polo Blackberry is a story of hope and, most importantly, of the possibility of a young boy changing the world, one small step at a time.