Joshua and Mary Rankin are a courageous pioneering couple who arrive from England to the reality of a harsh and isolated life in New Zealand. They chance their arm almost against the odds, assisted by loyal friends they make as their community grows. They go on to nurture a timber felling and saw milling industry that sees neighbouring enterprises thrive, especially thanks to investment in horse management for essential transportation, haulage and even an infant racing industry. Hard work realises dreams, with families such as the Rankins and its next generation of entrepreneurs giving a lead. Friendships, business opportunities, romances, marriages and family connections (both with the old country of origin and the new country of choice) all link day to day happenings that mould the communities being established at Rankins Creek, near Nelson. Trials and tribulations occur, but fortitude and determination see the settlers through, generously assisted by a strong spirit of love and companionship. This story is, above all, a story with a future. There is always the possibility of something new from this experienced author – in spite of blindness. It is enough that the heart sees and reaches out to share the vision with habitual clarity and delight in the sharing.