Set in Australia in 1909, the characters consist of a whaling company owner’s family and his employees. The juxtaposition is that whilst the industry is disgusting, the characters are fun! Told by the eldest daughter, Mary aged eighteen and a great storyteller, who looks after and feeds the motherless family of five and her father’s employees. There is one family sadness, but on the whole a cheerful and humorous read. I really enjoyed the book.