February, 1942: Singapore lies burning and shattered, defenceless before the conquering hordes of the Japanese Army.
The last boat escapes out of the harbour into the South China Sea, and on board are a desperate group of strangers, each with a secret to guard, each willing to kill to keep that secret safe.
Dawn sees them far out to sea but with the first murderous dive bombers already aimed at their ship. Thus begins a nightmare succession of disasters wrought by the hell-bent Japanese, the unrelenting tropical sun and, ultimately, by the survivors themselves, as they head south by Java Head.
South by Java Head is the third novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean, and was first published in 1958.from Wikipedia