Pippa and her cousin Rena had never been particularly close, and it was mainly for the sake of her beloved little brother Davy that she had accepted Rena's invitation to visit her in Australia. Rena had never liked her, so Pippa chose to ignore her cousin's real motives for inviting them to Australia. The doctor's warned Pippa that Davy was not likely ever to see another spring; well, thought Pippa sadly, this way he could at least enjoy the Australian spring.
Once there, however, surprises came thick and fast! But still, why should Rena be so interested in Davy? Pippa couldn't understand any of her odd behaviour. Crag didn't understand it either - in fact he was deeply suspicious of it, and went so far as to offer to marry Pippa in order to get her and Davy away from Rena. But ought Pippa to accept Crag's proposal? Already she knew she loved him - but how could her ask love of her, when the only love he offered was for her little brother?