Essentially a cinematic biography of Australian pianist Eileen Joyce's early life, Wherever She Goes attempts to 'dramatise the undramatic,' as one critic suggested (qtd '1946-1964' Celluloid Heroes, p. 12). The narrative concentrates on Joyce's bush childhood in Tasmania and the later years she spent in poverty in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. It was there that her father attempted (and failed) to find a fortune in gold. The story is really about the struggles that the family and Eileen went through to develop her piano-playing skills. The real Eileen Joyce appears in both the opening and closing concert scenes of the film.