1854, 1874: Two girls separated by fate but joined by friendship find they have a bond that binds them together in unexpected ways.
1867: The village of Little Creek in the long winter of 1867
1865: An alcoholic father, threats from gangs – Irene Angel hasn’t got an easy life
1862: A brother and sister are separated by poverty but the boy has to flee to New Zealand leaving his sister behind
1872: A girl clutches a button box and dreams of opening her own shop