Danny Dawson lives in the middle of the Australian outback. His older brother Jonny was
killed in an accident last year but no-one ever talks about it.
And now it’s time for the annual muster. The biggest event of the year on the cattle
station, and a time to sort the men from the boys. But this year things will be different:
because Jonny’s gone and Danny’s determined to prove he can fill his brother’s shoes;
because their fourteen-year-old sister is pregnant; because it’s getting hotter and hotter
and the rains won’t come; because cracks are beginning to show . . .
When Danny’s mum admits she can’t cope, the family hires a housegirl to help out – a
wide-eyed English backpacker. She doesn’t have a clue what she’s let herself in for. And
neither do they.