The tempestuous passions and rivalries of struggling settler families are played out against the isolation and danger of the outback.
Sarah Barnstable: An ambitious young woman who seizes the one chance she has to stand out among her peers--marriage to a man seething with trouble and dissatisfaction.
Jemmy Southwark: A handsome rogue whose rebelliousness is matched only by the courage he shows in making contact with the feared aborigines who hold the key to the survival of his settlement.
Leonie Mendip: The restless and beautiful young girl whose proper, matronly mother hides a secret past which foreshadows her daughter's own turbulent desires.
These and other men and women strive to forge a home from the wilderness, and a life from their vibrant longings.