The author WJ Peasley has written about the Aboriginal couple, on which the story is based, with wisdom and great sensitivity. It is very much worth reading. It left me thinking and questioning once again how we humans treat each other. It is in my opinion from the couple's point of view more than sad and extremely noble of them to have continued their life together in opposition to the Elders "moral rules" (obviously originally created for the preservation of individual "tribes/clans"). It is also heartening (and heart rendering)from the Elder's (that cared enough to wanted to bring them back to civilisation) point of view. What a mixture of hidden emotions he must have experienced.