In his twilight years, John Summers reflects on his significant collection of assets, mostly centred on his extensive grazing enterprises in New South Wales. But his wealth is the product of a vile theft as a young man, which he has not divulged to his family.
Jess MacIntyre's chaotic life runs parallel to John's, but in another part of Australia. When she reluctantly heads south from the Kimberley region of Western Australia towards an uncertain future, she encounters Thomas, John's grandson, on his way from Queensland to forge a new life managing one of his grandfather's pastoral properties in NSW.
Jessie's cattle management skills and chequered past intertwine with the lives of the much more sedate Summers family, with benefits for everyone. Her notorious past is eventually exposed, with an unexpected, life-changing outcome for Jess. However, although John shares with Jess a cryptic message from his past, he is less willing to reveal his guilty secret to his family.