The story alternates between the points of view of Isla, a young girl who has moved to Hobart with her mother and younger brother to leave behind their life on the mainland and Bo, a Danish sailor who crews an Antarctic supply ship, the Nella Dan.
Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother’s sadness and the cold, damp grey of Hobart’s stone streets seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all – of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard.
Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest, coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything. But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all. For Isla, those two long summers will change everything.
Her debut novel was Past The Shallows
Everyone loves Harry except his father. Joe, Miles and Harry are growing up on the remote south coast of Tasmania. The brothers’ lives are shaped by their father’s moods – like the ocean he fishes, he is wild and unpredictable. He is a bitter man, with a devastating secret)