The Woolcot children enjoy a life of fun and adventure in their rambling riverside home, despite frequent reprimands from their strict father, Captain Woolcot. However, when one of Judy's escapades tests the Captain's patience to the limit, he decides that extreme measures are called for and sends her away to boarding school. But this leads to consequences t even he could anticipate. How will the headstrong Judy respond to her punishment? And how will this family recover from the disaster that strikes them?
Ethel Turner (1873-1958) was an English-born Australian novelist and children's literature writer. She started her writing career at eighteen with her sister Lillian, with whom she founded the Parthenon, a journal for young people. After qualifying as a nurse and midwife, Jenny studied various aspects of fine art and writing. James and Gillian worked together at ELT materials developer International Language Teaching Services, and now run their own ELT business at ELT Essentials in Australia's New South Wales.