River Run Because in the 1940s, there was concern in some parts of the Australian countryside that, due to communist influence, an invasion might happen. Stealing tinned food from the homestead pantry, Dad rode his trusty horse Garnet to the creek, rifle in hand, storing the food in a tree that would provide the perfect vantage point to defend his family, and their property, from this threat. After just a few days, he realised nobody was actually going to attack, and his self-imposed sentry duty was over. It was this tale which sparked an idea: what if it hadnt ended so uneventfully? What if something had happened? What sort of impact would it have had on the family? River Run paints a picture of Australia at this time the changing attitude in the roles of women, and life on the land – the perils caused by Mother Nature, politics of the shearing shed, and the race, gender and age divide. And of course there’s love.