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AbstractMost people now living in Australia&#039;s &#039;bread basket&#039;, the much-degraded Murray Darling Basin, are like my family, descendants of convicts or free settlers who came to the inland in the 19th or early 20th centuries. Our legacy includes the dispossession of indigenous peoples, species extinction and the ongoing degradation of the ecological communities which now sustain us. My own family&#039;s river stories which &quot;begin&quot; with a pair of impoverished Gaels who migrated with their offspring from the Scottish Highlands, can be considered paradigmatic. I re-narrate it in this essay in response to philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre&#039;s challenge--I can only answer the question `What am I to do? if I can answer the prior question &#039;Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?&#039; Some of these family stories I find myself part of, especially those that have been enacted within the catchment of the now-threatened Lachlan River, are very discomforting, but where do they &#039;truly&#039; begin? In seeking to understand my relationship with the river and its catchment, and with the indigenous peoples &#039;my mob&#039; displaced, I explore several possible &#039;beginnings&#039; and ask a further question: what stories do I want to be part of as co-author, co-narrator and protagonist. I then offer my own yet-to-be enacted &#039;truth and reconciliation&#039; stories about the future of the inland plains I love.