Walter and Anne Balfour live a difficult life in South Australia during the years of the Great Depression. Their small farm yields barely enough to feed them and their four children and the bank is ever-hungry for the monthly mortgage payments. It is Walter who struggles the most, feeling a sense of shame that he cannot, in such difficult times, provide a better life for his family. When he has to sell Bob's beloved pony to help make ends meet, we get the feeling that Walter has come to the end of his rope. When Anne receives a letter from a firm of solicitors in Adelaide informing her that her recently deceased Uncle Joseph has left her over 400,000 pounds he is a relieved and grateful man. Based on the novel by Mary Grant Bruce, this is a superb piece of Australian drama made by the South Australian film Corporation and aired in 1991 on the Nine Network, Australia. It is a heart-warming, beautifully written piece with a wonderful cast who do it justice from beginning to end.