In the small town of Yankalillee, the Maloneys were at the very bottom of the pecking order. Had been for generations, with firm predictions that they'd stay there forever . . .
1955. Tommy, unlike other fathers, never talked about the war, not even on Anzac Day, but it broke his spirit, good and proper. So it was up to his big, booming wife Nancy to bring up the five children - Sarah, Bozo, Mole, Michael and Colleen - and to collect the town's rubbish in her old army-surplus Diamond-T.
But circumstances change . . . and Nancy's determined to make them change. Sarah wants to be a doctor, Bozo's got the makings of a boxer, Michael has a passion for clothing and design, and Mole has the Maloney gift for fighting bushfires.
In the tradition of 'The Power Of One', 'Four Fires' is a story of the triumph of the human spirit.
The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare and fire itself.
While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people.
The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.
Four Fires is unashamedly a story of the power of love and the triumph of the human spirit against the odds.
Not since writing The Power of One have I felt this close to a book.