Marco Gentolini first discovers jade when he visits a Tibettan Buddhist Temple in Bendigo. This place houses the largest carving of a single piece of gem quality jade in the world. The jade was imported and Marco is curious why Australian jade wasn’t used. As a student journalist, he decides the story behind jade in Australia may be worth telling. Australia is said to have only low quality jade: black and dark green, with no translucent green or white which Asians value most highly. So the experts say.
On his way to the jade mine in Cowell, South Australia, Marco takes on Tom Owen as a passenger, a fellow down on his luck, mostly self-made, though a person with lots of quirky stories. Tom is a lot more cautious in his approach to life compared to Marco, a typical Gen Y-er who knows what he wants.
As Marco and Tom seek out key people and key places in the jade game in Australia, they hear whisperings that naturally occurring white jade may indeed exist in Australia. Their quest soon becomes far more earnest.
Their odd chemistry allows them to follow a trail of clues towards a supposedly impossible goal. They meet dead ends and false trails, but between the two of them, they refuse to give up.
‘To me Lasseter’s search was not for gold but it was the symbol of man’s eternal quest for the elusive. BILL HARNEY, TO AYERS ROCK AND BEYOND
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