'After falling in love with her husband, Rick, Jenny Old moved to a property called McAllister in the remote Gulf Country of far north Queensland. There, she faced incredible hardship, living in a hut without basic necessities—a 44-gallon drum for a stove and a bucket for a bathroom—with contact with the outside world limited to a two-way radio. In this vast empty landscape, she raised a family while battling drought, flood, fire and cyclones. For nearly two decades, she and Rick struggled to stay on in the Gulf, eventually triumphantly turning McAllister into a thriving oasis. This extraordinary story of one indomitable Australian woman is told in her own words with skill and humour. A story of the bush people and their generosity, filled with wonderful characters. Most of all, this is the story of one woman’s love for her man and the adventure it took her on.'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Allen & Unwin ed.)