From the book cover: "'A delicious scent began to rise about Cindie. . . The moments of her discovery of that wild-lily stock were to remain with Cindie. . . what happened to her then was like a conception within her, the germinating of new life.'
In August 1896 Randolph Biddow's family join him on the sugar-cane plantations of North Queensland. For his wife, Blanche, it is an exile in the wilderness; but for their maid Cindie, it is an exciting world of tropical forests, rewarding works and new relationships - with white people, Pacific Islanders and Aborigines alike. Teaching herself the sugar trade Cindie rises from servant to independent woman. By the early 1900s she is the indispensable manager of Biddow's expanded property but her complete happiness is marred by the jealousy and hatred of Blanche. First published in 1949, this is a compelling chronicle of plantation life and its challenges, of the racial tensions amongst workers and the politicking of landowners faced with the economic impact of the Commonwealth Bill. But above all, this is the story of one determined and spirited woman."