This film is set in 1939 Australia. Marge is married to Sonny, a lumberjack. Playing the role of a do-gooder in the small community to atone for the promiscuity of her mother, Marge admits to her caring but sexually ineffectual husband: "Sometimes it seems like nothing exciting will ever happen to me."
Rachel Ward is coltish and convincing as Marge, a woman who wants more affection, passion and erotic responsiveness from her mate played by real-life husband Bryan Brown that he is able to give. After an unfulfilling one-night stand with Sony’s younger brother, she becomes obsessed with Neville (Sam Neill), a Don Juan who arrives in town to run a hotel’s bar. She goes so far as to humiliate herself in front of the community. Sonny takes her back. Although he still can’t give her what she wants certainly his steadfast love is what she needs.