It was intended as a family getaway. It became a nightmare of survival ... Martin and Lydia Napier's marriage is shaky. Fate has been cruel and they are both still reeling from the blows. When they are offered the use of a property in tropical far-north Queensland they decide to take a break, maybe get their relationship back on track, and give their eight-year-old daughter Ami a holiday. they leave Sydney and hit the road for what should be a taste of paradise ... Initial misgivings about a cyclone hovering are allayed when the rain stops. It looks like the wet season is over. But just as they start to unwind, the river swells and rain clouds gather. With an escape from rising floodwaters thwarted, Lydia, Martin and Ami are caught up in the dramatic rescue of a policeman and his prisoner. Within hours the family find themselves marooned on the roof of the isolated farmhouse, with limited food and water, little hope of rescue, and a killer in their midst ... Faced with horrors both human and natural, they must do what they can to survive. But who can they trust? And can they be sure where the dangers really lie? the Raft is a deft psychological thriller which shows the courage people summon and the sacrifices they make when their loved ones are threatened.
Alan Mills was born in England but migrated to Australia at the age of 23. He has worked (among other jobs) as a copywriter and creative director in advertising agencies. He has an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing and has written several screenplays, one recently nominated for the Australian Writers Guild's Monte Miller Award. Alan currently freelances as a direct marketing copywriter. He lives with his wife in Artarmon, NSW.