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Judy McNeil is just fourteen while her father dies in a railway twist of fate. Penniless and with nowhere to reside, her mom is compelled to take Judy and her 5 siblings to hunt a brand new lifestyles in Brisbane, the place she fast remarries and Judy's existence takes a dramatic flip for the more serious. Fleeing to Sydney after trying to kill her stepfather, all she has are a couple of property in a cardboard port, or suitcase. Judy falls in love with a Singaporean guy named Richard, yet her goals of happiness are quickly dashed. He sends her to dwell together with his relatives in Singapore whereas he continues to be in the back of in Australia. So, nonetheless undefined, Judy unearths herself deserted in an odd state along with her younger baby and one other at the way.The twists and turns of Judy's next existence make for compelling analyzing. Loathed by way of her husband's father, she leaves the kinfolk domestic merely to discover herself on the mercy of 1 of Malaya's headhunting Dayak rebels and compelled to show to prostitution to feed herself and her children.

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