Set in the untamed landscape of mid-nineteenth century Australia, The Dreaming is a rich and potent tale of hidden passion and broken taboo.
Australia, 1871Following her mothers sudden death, Joanna Drury sets sail from India and arrives in Melbourne to claim the property left to her by her motherand to trace the mysteries of her familys past.
From her first steps on shore, Joanna becomes entangled with a lost boy who leads her to the fascinating Hugh Westbrook. She agrees to look after the child in exchange for Hughs help in finding her inheritance. But she falls deeply in love with Hugh and with life at his sheep station, Merinda.
When strange nightmares begin to plague herthe same that tormented her motherJoanna starts to notice the Aborigines strange reaction to her. Delving into Australias past, she discovers the tragic events that have marked her familys destiny and her own life, events that happened long ago in the time the Aborigines call the Dreaming.
Full of intriguing historical detail, Woods compelling story brings the clash of immigrant and Aboriginal cultures to stunning life, capturing the danger, mystery, and romance of an emerging country.