Abby Kirk 14, selfish in Sydney Australia, chases Beatie Bow 11, from park where kids chant her name in game, to 1873. Bows adopt penniless ‘Stranger’ into typical life of era’s working-class. Gran from Orkney foretold ‘Stranger’ must save family Gift of Prophecy. Abby will only learn power of love for herself, falls for sailor Judah 18, engaged to Dovey.