“The girl was terrified, her head vibrating as she shook. She probably would have run but Rosie was standing in the only exit from the room to the safety of the night.”
Rosie Bannister is in her last year of a turbulent experience in primary school. Staying with her grandparents on their farm in the Paterson Valley over the Easter break of 2015 while her parents are away, she is confronted in the wee hours of the night by a young girl from a foreign land stealing food from their kitchen cupboard.
Set against the backdrop of a ferocious storm in the Newcastle/Hunter Region of New South Wales, Rosie, her cousins and her grandparents become embroiled in a life-changing experience that begins in a derelict dairy on the banks of the Paterson River and takes them to the mighty halls of power in Parliament House, Canberra.