Originally a provincial council's inspired project to re-house and re-educate the numerous Dutch unemployed from industrial cities, where their dissatisfaction causes tension disturbing the workers. A good idea but badly organized, financed irregularly by Head Office, The Hague, leads to local provincial council's converting cash to vouchers for all commerce in their Gardenlands. This prevents Gardenlanders from returning to industrial cities. Life and death as part of the Gardenlands culture, living on a shoestring economy and the Dutch ability to adapt and survive as shown by Amy's baby son Piet, Bjorns immoral but money-making businesses and eternal optimism. Margaret Wilke Graham was the last Scot in the family to be born in Scotland. Originally a book illustrator, she has lived in Newfoundland, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Holland, and now Italy, always as a resident. She has suffered from unaccountable bouts of second sight since childhood. "You learn to pause before you jump to conclusions..."