Corlie Roux's farm life in South Africa is not easy: the
Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat
can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved
father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her
sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds
solace in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the
stories she conjures for her brothers.
But Corlie's world is about to vanish: the British are invading and
driving Boer families like hers from their farms. Some escape into
the bush to fight the enemy. The unlucky ones are rounded up and
sent to internment camps.
Will Corlie's resilience and devotion to her country sustain her
through the suffering and squalor she finds in the camp at
Kroonstad? That may depend on a soldier from faraway Canada and on
inner resources Corlie never dreamed she had….