Nevil Shute's 1950 novel tells the story of Jean Paget as a prisoner of war in Malaya during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and then her return to Malaya after the war, where she discovers something that leads her on the search for romance and to a small outback community in Australia. Adapted into a 1956 film and a 1981 miniseries.

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!!Contains such tropes as:
* AFriendInNeed: Joe, the Old Japanese Soldier, and the village headman who takes them in.
* AussiesWithArtillery
* BlitheSpirit: Jeane Paget.
* TheCaretaker: Joe in Malaya, Noel in England.
* CitySlicker: Jeane, both in Malaya and in the Outback.
* {{Cowboy}}: Joe does this for a living.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Sort of, Joe isn't a doctor but he is TheCaretaker.
* GoingNative: The women live out the war by picking rice in a Malayan village.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Noel does this knowing he is to old for Jeane. Joe does this at first thinking Jeane is married.
* LandDownUnder
* TheLostWoods: The Malayan Jungle.
* [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Obstructive Bureaucrats]]: The Japanese Army.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: The first Japanese officer they meet.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The sadistic Japanese commandant is obsessed with being this.
* {{Rancher}}: Joe Bannock, though he didn't own it til the end.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Jean Paget.
* UpperClassTwit: The rubber plantation owner's wife who only thinks it necessary to learn enough Malayan to give orders to the servants.
* WastelandElder: The Malayan headman.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
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