Minna lives with strict German-born parents who privately hope their young daughter's friendship with the well-to-do Owen children will do her some good. Minna's parents have no clue what these kids get up to.
Barangaroo's world would be perfect if only Mani would stop trying to be Number One. Deep down Mani knows she is better than he is. That's why he keeps shutting her out from important adventures - to make himself look good.
Bunda has a problem. His older brother, Gardi, acts like Bunda doesn't exist. Bunda does everything to try and get his older brother's attention, but for his trouble, all Bunda gets is his brother's anger and contempt.
Dan is on his second patrol to the Botany Bay area when he's asked to capture a native dog to take back to the colony's Governor. Only trouble is, the dog in question- Lapa- belongs to Warumi, the girl Dan befriended last time he was in the area.
Charles and his older brother John are both expected to work on their parents' farm. Charles loves it but John is lazy, shirking the work at every turn. Both boys will soon be sent to England to learn how to become refined young gentlemen.
Johanna lives with her grandmother. Johanna doesn't go to school. She has a job - every day she pushes a barrow-load of potatoes around the town, delivering them to her grandmother's customers. Johanna is aware of a lot of whispering about her parentage.
Ben's one wish is for his American family to be able to celebrate a proper Thanksgiving dinner in their new place with a real roast turkey. But his efforts to earn the money to buy a turkey plunge him into escalating rivalry with a local Chinese boy.
Sam is a child convict, arrested in London for stealing a jacket. Having lived his whole life in towns and cities, he's sent to an isolated farm on the edge of the bush. Keen to impress, Sam tells his new master that he knows all about farming.
Sarah, though still a child, works as a servant for the cold and demanding Mrs. Own. As if being bossed around by the lady of the house wasn't bad enough, Sarah has to deal with that woman's sly and sickly daughter, Alice.