Chung Ling does not let detractors divert his attention or undermine his determination to achieve his goals even though his family circumstances are bleak. These realities prepare him for the hard way he has to follow, perceiving that his road to success is limited. His ragged path is dangerous and full of high hurdles and obstacles which quite often disheartens him. Yet, at crucial moments in his life he finds unexpected help. Early in his childhood, his grandmother makes him aware of fundamental precepts which are contained in four little books. When Chung learned to read she handed them to him, admonishing him to show them to nobody because his future might be jeopardized. These principles occasionally land him in trouble. In his early teens five envious bullies who could not stand Chung's better performance at school decided to give him a lesson. A girl saves him from their vicious beating which nearly killed him. Her martial art technique proves too much for these bullies and one by one they leave whilst attempting to help Chung get up. This chance meeting results in friendship and mutual liking; Chung starts to follow her father's gym programme to be near her but a series of events make him realise that his priority is fulfilment of his aims. Emotional feelings had to be postponed. When he enters University, Chung comes across another equally lovely girl who is instrumental in guiding him in his academic life. Chung likes her; he is ambivalent however and ends up with a a divided heart, unable to choose between the two girls. His final decision leads him to unexpected areas. A politcal career has never been in his sights. Quite reluctantly he enters into this arena, never visualizing the innumerable grave situations with which he has to grapple. Manuel Borda is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Malta, specialising in the economic self-reliance of small island states. In 1987 be was elected Member of Parliament and appointed Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees. Throughout his career in the civil service, the private sector and public corporations he has accumulated vast management and business acumen. He is widely travelled and author of three books, namely, The Narrow Road to Success, The Wide Road to Destruction - The Downfall of the Privileged, and Free at Last -The Road to Reconciliation.