Cal Jessop returns home to Australia still blaming himself for the events of one fateful evening in Paris. Once he was regarded as one of Australia′s most promising young artists. Now, the future is bleak; his work, like his life, devastated by guilt.
Kathryn Fanning′s future seems secure. Everyone, Kathryn included, expects her to marry Charles Chiver, the local doctor. But when Kathryn and Cal meet unexpectedly, their lives are changed irrevocably.
Kathryn brings renewed hope and purpose to Cal′s life. He journeys into the summer heat of the outback seeking emptiness and light for a new series of paintings. Uncertain of their feelings for each other, the desert will test them both in very different ways.