Many try and fail, but eventually one suitor, Mr Cave, seems to be on his way to success. As he works his way through the trees, however, another man, who might or might not also be a suitor, tells Ellen stories — or rather fragments of stories, ranging from whole chapters to single paragraphs, left not quite finished or otherwise dangling. His stories are connected with eucalypts, but are about courtships or marriages, and constitute a kind of courtship in themselves. What will Ellen do?
A love story, or rather a mosaic of love stories, Eucalyptus is an Australian fairy tale. Along with its stories, it includes narratorial digressions — on eucalypts, but also on aspects of Australian history, culture, and national identity. The more overt passages, however, are often less successful than the storytelling: Eucalyptus is Australian not only in subject material but in style and feeling, a splendid celebration of landscapes both natural and cultural.