At Jacob's request, his father tells him a story about peculiar children. He describes in detail where the children live, their special powers, and why they are forced to stay in the house: they're hiding from something.
Jacob's grandpa told him a spooky story about a group of preculiar children with special power. They had to hide in order not to be discovered by others. Jacob became rather interested, and he was curious to learn more about them.
A.O. Neville orders the separation of three half-caste girls, Molly, Gracie, and Daisy, from their parents as part of the 1905 Aboriginal Act. This act institutionalized racism and confined Aboriginal people in camps until their race became extinct. Regarding the aboriginal children, the goal was to assimilate them into white culture and train them to be domestic servants over time.