Book I of The Great South Land Saga. In 1831 the London Lass sets sail for Australia, the Great South Land, with a shipload of settlers eager to start new lives in a new land. Among them is the elegant and beautiful Eleanor, travelling to Australia’s hot, dry sun for the sake of her sick brother’s fading health. Seeking the adventure and challenge of the young colony, there is Simon, Eleanor’s childhood sweetheart, whom she once jilted but can never forget. Reunited by chance, both are alarmed by this turn of events but they are still attracted to one another – as all on board can see, especially the brutal Captain Lush, who desires the lovely Eleanor for himself; and the vivacious young Penelope, who is determined to win Simon’s heart before the end of the voyage.