The story is of chilhood memories of love and freedom in a culturally mixed pearling town unique in Australia. The memoirs convey an impression of great richness, sensuousness and diversity. Bin Demin's account is not completely idyllic, Broome is a town where people were classified into racial groups and given status accordingly and the more you had Aboriginal ancestry the less you were accepted. Full-blood Aboriginal people were not allowed within the town without proper permission. The Sun picture theatre was segregated and mixed race people were classified using terms such as octoroon.