Ned Barron is a part aboriginal rural reporter in Queensland, Australia, roaming the west picking up and publishing stories of the west. He also is half-owner with his sister of a huge cattle property where he works when he needs a break from writing. He particularly abhors the mining companies with their rights to enter properties and drill and their despoiling of the rural lands before departing to dig other mines. On one trip he finds that the Barnett Mining Company has booked all the beds in one small town because the owner of the big company, Laura Barnett, is visiting, to he writes a satirical story of her and her company. They sue, with determination, and Ned's in big trouble. As well he's trying to trace a beauteous doctor who was at his property and with whom he's fallen in love. She moves through the country areas as a locum. He's visited by Laura Barnett herself one morning and she asks him to come and work for her. She inherited the big company five years ago and now at 25, is ready to control the company and run it her way, especially in the matter of drilling, None of the company directors listen to her, treating her as a child. Ned refuses him until she entices him with the prospect of achieving in the mining industry what he's been preaching for year. She's beautiful and he joins her in Perth against his better judgment. He's to play the role of Laura's toyboy until it's time to reveal himself as her tough offsider. Problems emerge immediately as Laura falls in love with him. He's attracted, but he has the doctor to search out. He begins his plans to protect her and achieves most of them, antagonising the industry in general. Despite his attraction to Laura, he's ready to go home to find the doctor but Laura isn't ready to give him up yet . . .