Synopsis – Beyond the Rimu Grove

It’s 1966 and the young ones are railing against the stifling, hypocritical values of the times.

With two years teacher training under her belt, Ellen Rose McTavish is sent to Ngarimu Valley School as a Probationary Assistant.

In the isolated farming community, her vulnerability draws in a strong support network, but not everyone is supportive and nothing in the Valley is quite the way it seems.

Devastated by emotional conflict, Ellie contemplates abandoning her teaching career.  In a risky liaison, she finds the strength to carry on, oblivious to the impact her year in The Valley will have on the rest of her life.