Set in Australia during the era of the Great Depression, the Polio Epidemic and World War Two, this young adult novel is based on the true story of a stoic and adventurous little girl and her faithful companion. Until she was 11, Roma was the Murray River Girl. She lived in a tent on the banks of the river with Teddy and her parents. Her best friends were the children of the Barkindji River People and she freely roamed the riverbank and bush with them. The Murray River, Gypsies, travelling circuses, rabbit plagues and droughts all brought her many, sometimes hilarious, adventures.