The novella is set in a small country town surrounded by farms. It follows one eventful year in the life of a family of three girls, Paula, aged 9, Hanna, aged 8, Rose, aged 6 and their little brother. The story is told through the eyes of Hanna, the middle child. She is a daring child, whose love for adventure sometimes lands her in trouble. Suddenly, the family is faced with tragedy which throws them even closer together. The family copes with this tragedy with the support of the childrens favourite aunt their neighbours and the community.
The book gives a rare insight into the lives of children in a rural community.