When Came Was King is the story of the Reynolds brothers, Joshua and Robert, their lives, loves and their family, and a wide and varied cast of characters who helped establish, settle and expand the tropical sugar fields of North Queensland. The year is 1873.
The brothers first discover the area as part of the Dalrymple Expedition sent to explore the north east coast beyond Townsville. Robert, then a boy of twelve, is captivated by the vastness and beauty of the Johnstone River Valley.
A skirmish at the sandspit on entering the river brings Robert in contact with Munjimby, an outstanding Aborigine who shines with the spiritual presence of the land, and assists the explorers when a wild tribe attacks. It is the beginning of a unique lifelong friendship... a joining of cultures that touches them both.