II takes up the story of Delie and Brenton Edwards at the turn of
the century, at a moment when bad times have struck the once thriving
river boat trade.
roads and railway lines threaten the very existence of the grand
old paddle-wheelers of the Murray and striking shearers threaten
the lives of their crews.
Into the explosive situation walks Cyrus James, a charming, but
mysterious overseas entrepreneur. He is immediately attracted to
Delie, but backs off when he encounters Brenton. The three become
close to friends.
Trying to mediate in the dispute between the shearers and the riverboat
skippers, Brenton is framed on a charge of seriously injuring a
local businessman. He is sentenced to imprisonment in Melbourne.
Without Brenton, Delie is faced with a custody battle over her children
and the not altogether unwanted attentions of Cyrus.
Alone she must fight to keep her family and the riverboat "Philadelphia".
In a desperate attempt to help her, Brenton escapes. When trying
to reach his children, a waiting policeman, the same man in the
employ of the wealthy squatters who framed Brenton in the first
place, shoots Brenton.
Brenton disappears in the murky waters of the swollen River Murray,
leaving only a trail of blood behind.
Can Delie alone save her children and the riverboat?
Will she succumb to the charms of Cyrus ?
Is Brenton still alive ?
All the Rivers Run II has all the romance, adventure and even more
intrigue than its internationally successful predecessor.