You are Mac Young, the 14 year old mechanic’s mate on Roy
Chapman Andrews 1924 expedition to look for Dinosaur fossils in
the Gobi Desert of Outer Mongolia.
You are in trouble; Your attempt at kindness to a group of horsemen
(bandits- the others said) who rode into camp during a dust storm
two days ago has ended up landing you the job of pulling the shaggy
fur from the humps of the expedition’s camels.
When the horsemen come back, you start shouting at them to go
away. But, this time they’re not begging for food or blankets.
As they turn their ponies to leave, the lead rider tosses a cloth-wrapped
package to the ground at you feet. It’s a claw, a fossilised
dinosaur claw- and your adventures are about to begin.