'The story continues the fortunes of the two families of rural battlers, one white and one aboriginal. Their children have grown to be adults and they must now cross the last dry creek. This is Marie Mahood’s metaphor for the calamitous Beef Depression of the seventies.
Well-known author, Tom Ronan, once said “It’s a tough country, where only the best of us come out even.” Marie’s two families of battlers, the Hardys and the Nelsons, come out even.' (Publication summary)