"[A] breathtaking pursuit novel full of brutality and tenderness."—Shelf Awareness
“A breakneck pursuit. An intense evocation of the Australian bush. Tightly wound but evoking remarkable tenderness.”—Jock Serong, author of On the Java Ridge
“Fast-paced, emotional, frightening and full of detail, it’s history made as entertaining and as gripping as a night at the movies.”—Australian Women’s Weekly on The Dark Mountain
“I’ve always thought there should be more outback horror and Catherine Jinks has come up with the goods.”—The Age on The Road
It's 1840, and life in colonial Australia is brutal. Thirteen-year-old convict Tom Clay lives in an outback shepherd’s hut, protecting his master’s sheep from wild dogs. He keeps company with fellow shepherd Rowdy, who barely stops talking. The sheep dogs are Tom's real friends. When a murderous former camp-mate returns, bent on silencing witnesses to crimes he committed as a shepherd, Tom and Rowdy must flee into the bush. The novel covers only a few days, and moves at a breakneck speed that matches the panic and movements of young Tom as he fights to survive against a ruthless pursuer.