Set in the 19th and 21st centuries, Heather Garside's debut novel is a passionate rural romance of love and its consequences. Shelley and Emma are separated by time but bound by a dark secret to a place called Breakaway Creek. Betrayed by her long-term boyfriend, Shelley Blake has escaped the city to visit a remote Queensland town to research some family history. Her interest in a photograph of her great-greatgrandparents is piqued by her family's reticence about the mystery couple, and a search for answers takes her to the outback cattle station Breakaway Creek. Here she meets Luke Sherman, a man embroiled in the bitter ending of his marriage and a heartbreaking separation from his two small boys. Shelley resists an instant attraction to Luke, as neither is ready for a new relationship, but love doesn't always pay attention. And, while Luke struggles to reclaim his children, Shelley uncovers the truth about her ancestors, Alex and Emma. A story of racial bigotry and a love that transcends all obstacles takes the reader back to the pioneering days of the 1890s.