Publisher's synopsis

A verse novel that centres around the impact of colonisation in mid-north South Australia around 1880. Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how fear of discovery is overcome by the need for human contact, which, in a tense unravelling of events, is forcibly challenged by an Aboriginal lawman. The natural world is richly observed and Ruby’s courtship is measured by the turning of the seasons.


WINNER – 2012 black&write! kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship

WINNER – 2012 Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature

WINNER – 2013 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize and Book of the Year Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards