To a youth and womanhood of storm and stress had succeeded an old age of serene activity and then of calm decay.
For many years the island was inhabited by greybeards and children; the young men and women of all classes, so soon as they had reached manhood and womanhood, crossed Bass Strait, and entered upon the wider life and the more brilliant prospects which first Victoria, and subsequently New South Wales and Queensland, afforded them.
The story centers on Stavia, daughter of the leader of Marthatown, as she grows from the age of ten to womanhood, discovering the secrets of the matriarchy.
Learning to tame occasionally erratic emotions, fight frequent fluctuations in weight and endure premenstrual complications is a natural part of womanhood.
It's about tradition and celebrating your entry into womanhood with your loved ones.