Australia can be a harsh land and this story reflects this harshness. Beginning in 1890’s Western Australia we meet the child Leonora who has been left in the desert. Ghan rescues her and she ends up in an orphanage where she meets fellow orphan James. We follow these three people as their lives intersect over the years – each suffering their own hardships. The story is great, if overly descriptive, and evokes early Australia and its landscape well.