When Beatrice is forced to leave her beloved Wilson Park and her offbeat friend, Marty, she sets out to claim her independence. On the way, she discovers the shocking truth about her mother, and learns what friendship and family really mean. Change is hard, but as her Aunty Olivia tells her, sometimes when you lose something, you gain something else.
Cara is in love with Danny, the tough guy with the good heart. But he's going out with Jessica, and Cara's stuck with her ratbag boyfriend, Fly - Danny's best friend. When Fly and Danny go on a simple trip to the all-night service station and come back in a strange, dark mood, Cara can't begin to imagine the drama that lies ahead. If Danny would only talk to her....But Danny's dad was once in jail and sticks to the rule "no names, no pack drill". If only Cara could find a way to the truth.
Under the camphor laurel, bonds are made and broken - even the special friendship between Melissa and Julietta can't escape the rustling winds of change. Anyone who has ever had a best friend will recognise the bittersweet moments of companionship captured with poignancy and affection in Camphor Laurel.