Ben and Ellen Bell and their eleven year old daughter, Matilda, have a never-say-die spirit that has seen them through countless brushes with misfortune in a country plagued by drought. Their lineage has been at the heart of Australia for generations; sheep farmers with a passion for the land. Matilda Bell is a spirited country girl and plays an important part on the farm. She drives a tractor, helps with the shearing, and is popular among her friends at school. But she’s not blind to the troubles besetting her family and others in the Bundooma district.