This is the second novel of the ‘Coloured Sands Trilogy’.
This is the powerful, almost unnerving story of the Clarke family of Moorooba Downs, and the O’Shea family of Wandara Station. Both share boundaries with the great Jooloonga Station of ‘Coloured Sands’ the first novel of the series.
The womanising Jonathon Clarke has deserted his wife and daughter Annie, aged 15 for a Boston socialite, selling the herds, leaving the family bereft of funds. This brings his son Benjamin, an English Aristocrat to the family cattle station in Australia. The worthy but arrogant Benjamin vows revenge for his mentally ill mother; but must first conduct a muster of the scrubbers (wild cattle) so they might ‘start over’. He has much to learn. Annie is his mentor.
He soon finds his match in the neighbor’s daughter, the highly sexed and stunning Miriam O’Shea. Their love cannot endure. They must first be humbled by the consequences of their feuding families.
Ben is at a loss to tame the fearless, Gully Raking (cattle stealing) Annie who hides her bounty in a secret gorge. The Stolen Generations come into play with Josie giving birth to the child fathered by the Boss, a child who is taken into the family and loved wholeheartedly. In return Ben is grateful for her powerful devotion and common sense in managing the household.
Feel the beauty of the Australian bush and know the magic of the aboriginal stockman (witch doctor) Mick, as his powers become one with the ancient mystical eagle, custodian of the secret Dreaming place known as Valley of the Eagle. This wondrous place of caves and moss-covered stones in bubbling creeks, of fern-tree gullies and towering sandstone walls will be the final resting place of a much loved family member. Benjamin has to find his way in a world diverse from anything he previously conceived as normal.
The Second World War intrudes and interrupts and the huge cattle stations must find beef for the troops.
Tracking the fortunes of the Clarke family as they battle the neighbors, the evil son, cattle duffers and their love life will be an unforgettable experience.
This novel was first published by Strictly Literary in Dec. 1995 with the title ‘Gully Rakers.’