In the mid 19th century, Anna, a lady's maid, is transported to Australia where she marries mad Jack Kelly. Now widowed, Anna owes money to Pat McNamara, whose terms for repayment are unacceptable - at first. Meanwhile, Anna's surviving children grow up into startling different characters. Mary's voice was ruined by a fever, but Mary, the good girl, finds congenial employment as a teacher/helper for a refuge for street arabs. Maggie, the wild bad girl, elopes at the age of 15. Intense, serious Bridget is loved by young Billy, but her heart belongs to someone else. Jack, the only boy, is as wild as Maggie, but has a helping of charm. Jack's pranks go too far, and he ends up in serious trouble.
This report prepared by Sally Odgers