An unexpected circumstance sees Richard McPherson and Max Clark becoming funeral directors. Another unexpected situation then sees them becoming 'parents' to Max's poverty stricken nephew, Rory. Enter Ivy Pasco, who Rory boards with, and an Aboriginal boy, Danny Adkin, Rory's new buddy. The boys have goals, but can they reach them?
As Richard McPherson swam naked in Lake Brambruck in the dry northwest of Victoria, Australia, Max Clark literally walked into his life. They experience trials, dangers and intimacies as their relationship develops over the coming months and years. Their relationship is strengthened as their friendship with a neighbor brings the tale to its emotional climax.