Cob Creek, a small town on the Cunningham Highway is suffering drought conditions and faces a rising threat of bush-fires. Evan Percy's niece, Margaret, comes to stay, and a romance sparks between her and Lindsay, the son of Lester and Frances Farraway. Eventually, Miss Olive, a sharp-tongued, uncommunicative woman, is revealed to be a doctor and leaves her small shack to live with Evan. Upon hearing of Dr Olive's improved social-standing, Frances relents in opposing Lindsay and Margaret's relationship. In the end, Dr Olive catches the culprits who burned down the bake-house and local grocery store.