Davis Marriner had been drawn into the wilderness of the Australian desert by specious tales of easy wealth, only to be robbed and abandoned by his companions. Naked and alone he lay beneath the fierce sun of Capricorn, and there he would have died but for Jeff Edrington, a travelling horse trader, who saved his life and taught him the rudiments of continued survival in this hard and unknown country. Through Edrington and the tribe of Aborigines among whom he later settled, Marriner was floated on a tide that carried him down the years to wealth and influence as the owner of a great cattle station, his name becoming known in the distant cities of the coast as that of an almost legendary figure. This impressive novel vividly illustrates the opening up of central Australia during the first four decades of this century and reflects the same deep concern for primitive peoples in an era of change that was so memorable a feature of Olaf Ruhen's tales of New Guinea, Land of Dahori. (Publisher's blurb).