The first Ellen is born near Skibbereen in Ireland during the time of the Great Hunger. The second Ellen is born in the arid suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Both women fulfil a destiny shaped by their family curse, the Bauravilla curse, and their failure to find what they are seeking- each other.
The Time It Rained Fish is the story of two soul-sisters separeted by over a century of time and half the world. But linking them are three generations of Irish-Australian women. The culmination occurs in Tasmania where the landscape is alien to both and yet permits the impossible- their meeting.