With a cache of stolen gold bars Buster McDonald sets out to build on the start he's been given by the exploits of the Elijah Henry gang.
Just as his plans seem to augur well, he's faced with the hard decision whether to intervene to prevent a massacre by the local Aboriginal tribe of an arrogant neighbour who has provoked the attack. To save the whites he could place his relationship with the tribe in jeopardy.
But no setback will daunt his quest to build an empire for his growing family as he faces drought, financial recession and violence.
Along the way he sometimes resorts to the bushranging past he's been attempting to leave behind, as he treads a fine line between respectability and notoriety.