Loneliness and heartache shadow Steven West, the owner of a prosperous cattle station in outback Queensland. Steven buries his emotions in the rough and tumble lifestyle of an Australian stockman by working alongside his station-hands.
His manner is courteous and thoughtful, behaviour which might be mistaken by city women as indicative of a romantic interest, but those familiar with the outback culture recognise it as typical of an outback man, “comfortable in his own skin”. His two small sons grieving for their mother are a handful for any governess he employs. Waiting with his sons behind the security fence for the passengers to disembark from the plane, Steven is thinking “Hope this one will stay – a refugee, she has had a tough time of it.” The vulnerable beauty of the slightly built girl momentarily pausing at the top of the aeroplane steps caused a sudden quickening of his pulse which he immediately stilled, hauling the emotion back behind the shield that closed the border to his heart. A contemporary romance set in the Australian Outback. The diverse worlds of Rashida, an Afghan asylum seeker and that of Steven West,the owner of a prosperous cattle station in Outback Queensland collide.