he Scene is set in the hills of the sheep-raising part of the S. Island of New Zealand.
The back-cloth is painted with fine rocky and wooded hills and lakes, rather like Scotland but with a clearer, bluer sky and keener atmosphere.
The stage represents a temporary camp in a clearing, for the mustering and marking of sheep. There are boulders and groups of luxuriant trees. The grass is trampled under foot. Right centre is an open fire with cooking utensils. Back right the corner of sheep enclosures. On left is a temporary cover, part canvas, part tree branches.
Two Shepherds are discovered near the fire, binding up the leg of a sheep. The collie dogs prowl and lie around.