In Sydney, Australia, in the late 1870s, vivacious young Melanie marries a man old enough to be her grandfather. On a trip to England, their journey is cut short by his sudden death. She inherits his entire fortune unaware that her late husband has a grandson in England who is very much alive and is planning to contest the will.
The louche and hedonist Ric Lidell and his promiscuous half-sister travel to Australia in a bid to get their hands on some of the money. Ric conceals his identity from Melanie so he can use his satanic good looks to charm her. However, Melanie's former lover, the rich South African Peter van Heuren, is unwilling to allow the highly-sexed young widow to be taken from him and concocts a plan to discredit her other suitors. Who will win Melanie's heart and their way to her fortune?