Jack Flange leaves the big city for a respite in Australia\'s Hawkesbury River region, where generations of oyster fishermen (and maybe one woman) have made a living, built histories, and piled up grievances. Jack finds a small-town mentality, with pluses and minuses. There\'s also a recent burglary and lots of missing cash. Jack gets a job oystering; his boss is separated from a woman of invention, Jack\'s attracted to a chambermaid turned letter carrier, and there are plenty of mine fields for a city boy to step through. Jack also has a sister, who\'s ill, to worry about. It\'s a river journey of self discovery. Is he passing through, or has he found home?