This book includes many themes, including self importance, discovery, and perhaps the arrogance of man. We go on a journey with Voss, who wants to travel across the coast of Australia, a journey which involves his aura of self importance and arrogance. The other side of this remarkable story is Laura Trevelyan, an intelligent and eccentric girl who lives in the fashionable Sydney, surrounded by merchants and other important people whom she disdains.
Having only met each other a handful of times, Voss and Laura are linked to each other for their lives. In each other they find what they don't understand in themselves.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The different dynamics of the Australian bush and the metropolitan upper echelon society of Sydney went well together, and ensured the book was never boring. Voss' writing is excellent, and in it he pulls no punches.