Life on the crocodile-and-shark infested Daly River of northern Australia is described with warmth and much local color by the Australian wife of an American settler in that country. With her husband and two small children, Mrs. Polishuk is forced to flee a terrible flood on the river which threatens to sweep their tiny boat clear out into the Timer Sea. Saving themselves on a small island where they huddle for weeks with other settlers, nes, and workers from a mission, they fight off starvation, water, and crocodile intruders. When all is over they return to start anew on their mud-soaked farm. Not distinguished by style or literary profeiency, this book instead offers a close, subjective view of life on a new frontier which should catch the imagination of some American women today.