Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Both of young Stan Parker’s parents are dead, and Stan has no intention of following in his father’s footsteps as a blacksmith or of remaining in the confining atmosphere of the Australian bush town where he grew up. Wanting to start a new life, he leaves his hometown and travels to an unsettled area outside Sydney, where he has inherited some property. He plans to develop the acreage into a farm. He clears the land, plants crops, and builds himself a shack.
Lonely in the wilderness, he visits some relatives in a town, and at a dance there he meets a simple girl named Amy. After a brief courtship, the two are married one morning; they then drive all day in a wagon across the countryside and settle that evening on the primitive farm.
They both work hard and make improvements to their property as the early years of their marriage pass. The major event to take place outside their immediate lives is a great flood, which fortunately does not destroy their farm. Stan joins with other volunteers and assists in rescuing settlers who have been stranded by the flooding. Later, Amy and Mrs. O’Dowd, a neighbor, go to town to meet their husbands after the floodwaters have receded. During this period, Stan and Amy have experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Stan sees an aged man suspended from a tree above the flooded land; even though the man is dead and Stan can do nothing to help him, the image continues to haunt him. Amy...
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