In 1820 Mary Jones is wrongly convicted of a crime committed by her best friend. From their first encounter as domestic servants in Kent, the two women were unlikely friends, opposite in every way – Mary trusting, generous and kind, and Maria ruthless, manipulative and feisty. But their lives are changed forever when Mary is transported from the tranquility of rural England to the alien environment of colonial Australia. The two friends’ destines entwine through England, New Zealand and Australia over two decades, bringing them fortune, love and loss. Women on the Rocks celebrates the power of friendship and the indomitable strength of the human spirit.