This novel tells the story of Long Bill and Amelia Jane. Amelia Jane is a spinster who is yet to be married. She is one of the neglected females and she didn't know why. Dances were seldom held in Dumboon township, but when they do, it was an opportunity for matchmaking. Amelia is drawing perilously near the border of old maidenhood and anxious to change her condition. Will Long Bill ask her to marry him?