From the co-author of Come In, Spinner. In the industrial city of Newcastle, New South Wales, a powerful firm dominates the town. As the horror of the Second World War comes home to Australia with the attack on Darwin, an up-and-coming steel executive returns to Newcastle. His ambitious wife seeks a way to distance him from his unsuitable family and advance her social standing. His two brothers – a union man and a merchant sailor – are now an embarrassment. The three brothers begin to grow further apart as the demands of the war, family conflict, feminine rivalries and their different beliefs pull them in separate directions. Newcastle – and society – is changing fast – as women have to work, and American sailors have to party.