The full-page advertisement that the ABC took out in the Australian Women's Weekly positioned the series as follows:
The ABC is proud to present The Timeless Land, the saga of a tough and bloody fight for survival. Starring Michael Craig, Nicola Pagett, Angela Punch McGregor and Ray Barrett.
Meet our first settlers, and share their struggle to shape a nation. Ellen Prentice, convict saved from prostitution by Stephen Mannion, ruthless man of property ... Conor, Stephen's gentle Irish bride ... Arthur Phillip, hapless governor of an ungovernable colony ... Governor King, so despised he was lampooned in the streets ... Bligh, seen by so many as a tyrant.
Source: Australian Women's Weekly, Wed. 3 Sep. 1980: p.172S
'The year 1788: the very beginning of European settlement. These were times of hardship, cruelty and danger. Above all, they were times of conflict between the Aborigines and the white settlers.
'Eleanor Dark brings alive those bitter years with moments of tenderness and conciliation amid the brutality and hostility. The cast of characters includes figures historical and fictional, black and white, convict and settler. All the while, beneath the veneer of British civilisation, lies the baffling presence of Australia, the 'timeless land'.
'The Storm of Time and No Barrier complete the Timeless Land trilogy. ' (Publication summary)
'Sydney Cove, 1799, and three years since Governor Phillip departed. Against a background of continuing convict settlement, hunger, rebellion and the terrifying force of a barely understood land, the saga of Ellen Prentice and the Mannion family continues. Stephen Mannion marries the lovely Conor Moore and brings her back for Ellen to serve. Johnny Prentice goes bush - and re-emerges for one last confrontation with his old master. ' (Publication summary)
'The story of the Mannion family continues after the Bligh rebellion. As the young Mannions grow to maturity, so too the settlement at Sydney Cove develops into a town of substance. And later, the longings of young Miles Mannion are echoed in the efforts of the settlers to spread to the west. The discovery of a route over the Blue Mountains west of Sydney means there will be no further barrier.' (Publication summary)