The collection is divided into three parts entitled -
- From a Dark Cottage, Epigraph: And shall I too eventually disappear......and for what purpose. (The Last Peninsular);
- The Sunlit Plains, Epigraph: And I see the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars. (A.B. Patterson, Clancy of the Overflow)
- Salt Harbour, Epigraph: Death gives life its meaningless shape. (Merv Lilley) It is as John Kinsella says "an archaeological dig: of geographies, relationships, language, and personae. ... Layer on layer of the past is opened and investigated. Old pasts are reconsidered, new pasts imagined... a vital exploration of the past and present."