Since the early days of settlement men, women, and children have battled the harshness of outback Australia to survive and in many cases prosper. But the price for settlement was high in the early days. Medical assistance was often thousands of miles away and children were raised without the benefit of education. The Australian Inland Mission, founded and led by the indomitable John Flynn, was the first organisation to recognise the unique needs of outback Australians. Here is Ion Idriess' classic account of Flynn's struggles and achievements as he sought to fulfill his dreams of bringing safety and communication to the outback Australians whom he loved and admired.