1850s Australia was a harsh place. The manners of courtship left a lot to be desired and gentlemen were few and far between. When farmer Nat Durrant declares Bridie Flannagan unsuitable to be to be his wife, the feisty Irish lass vows to make him regret his words. It was he who taught her how to take pleasure from men and it's him she wants to marry.
However, the dishonest activities of Bridie's father, which brought her to the notice of Nat Durrant, also bring her into contact with powerful outlaw Lucas Martin. Taken hostage to aid Lucas's escape from the law, Bridie finds herself torn between lust and honour.