A woman's past, recalling the frustrations and sexual encounters, in her search for true love.
A wild child born into a wealthy English family is sent to the Colony of New South Wales in the hope she will change her rebellious ways. Carolyne Worth meets and falls in love with Captain Fabian Welsh, a man married to the sea and always in search of adventure. This spirit leads them to the fledgling town of Brisbane in the latter half of the nineteenth century, but not before Carolyne has acquired a maid, Ruby, to accompany them.
All is not as it seems with Fabian's work, and on one voyage they return with a stranger and the ship in a state of disrepair.
The discovery of gold brings a new challenge and a more deadly adventure for the daring Fabian. Fate can be cruel, and Carolyne finds herself alone with only Ruby and her new born baby after a disaster. But as one door closes another opens, leaving her exposed to further dangers from an irrational and unbalanced admirer.
She returns to Gympie, determined to live her life as best she can, but love has a way of rearing its beautiful head, and Carolyne is again at the mercy of her suitor. But with a past so littered with lovers would she be prepared to search once more?