1871. When Fergus Deagan's wife dies in childbirth, she makes him promise to take their family to Western Australia to join his brother Bram, also to marry again.
She's right. His young sons and newborn daughter do need a mother's love and he needs something different. Disowned by her father for becoming pregnant, Cara Payton bears a stillborn baby.
She's in deep despair, until a plea to wetnurse a motherless baby gives her life new purpose.
When Fergus proposes marriage, she accepts. She respects him and is happy to stay with the baby she now loves. During the voyage to Australia, she and Fergus draw closer.
Then her past rears its ugly head and they face a terrible crisis. When they finally get to Fremantle, Fergus and Bram, always rivals, struggle to make friends.
To make matters worse, Bram has financial problems and there is no railway where Fergus can find engineering work.
Can the two brothers solve their problems? Will the newcomers find a way to build a new life?