Set in the latter half of the nineteenth century on the New South Wales goldfields. Alexander Kinross is remembered in his native Scotland as a shiftless apprentice and a Godless rebel. But when he writes to summon his bride, his relatives realise he’s made a fortune on the goldfields. His sixteen year old bride is frightened and repelled by him, yet she marries him and is isolated in wild country in a big house with only Chinese servants for company. And she has no idea her husband still has a mistress. Kinross sees no reason not to have both women – he’s rich, powerful and has the Midas Touch. But power costs more than even Kinross can pay.