On the edge of the remote salt flats of Australia, a young woman blows in from nowhere and disturbs the precarious equilibrium of a family farm. The boy is fascinated by her, his mother despises her, and the brutish farmhand wants to possess her. When the woman mysteriously disappears, the only trace of her a bloodied dress, the boy sets out in search of an Indian hawker who may or may not have the answers. As he journeys through the broken landscape, accompanied only by his horse and his dog, the boy becomes aware of another party converging murderously on his destination.
A sensual young woman stumbles into a farm on the remote Australian salt flats, and narrators Cynthia Barrett and Alan Robertson terrifically embody the emotional upheaval she causes. Their shifts in tension and pitch clearly define the family's reactions: the boy's voyeuristic fascination, his mother's suspicion and jealousy, the farmhand's loutish desire. When the young woman vanishes, the boy takes his horse and dog to search for her, convinced that she has joined a charismatic Indian peddler. The details of the boy's journey through the desolate landscape, rendered in Robertson's gentle rasp, are particularly stirring.
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