"A mother swan is watching her children and wondering which of them will take after her strong, cleaver husband, the Lord of the Rushie River. Not Simon, she concludes, but Simon is determined to prove her wrong. He will see the world he decides rashly, and come back a fine, big - and famous - swan. Simon's brave adventure nearly ends in tragedy, but then a young shepherd boy comes to his rescue and, taking some risks of his own on the way, tries to bring about a reconciliation between the impetuous swan and his proud father. In this previously unpublished sequel to Cicely Mary Barker's classic story, The Lord of the Rushie River, we meet many of the same charcters, including Susan and her father, the ferryman of Rushiebanks."