In 1870, Father Beitz has a dream to pioneer an idyllic German community in faraway Australia, in a barely settled hamlet called Bundaberg.
He soon finds other dreamers eager to join him, thrilled by the prospect of a sunny climate, cheap farming land and their own Lutheran society. Among them are wealthy merchant Hubert Hoepper, Farmer Jakob Meissner and his family and a woman named Eva Zimmerman, determined to see her children educated.
But when they arrive they find the land, bought for them by Father Bietz, is nothing but jungle.Before long it seems the trials of their new life will disintegrate their community. As time passes, a combination of courage and determination carries the pioneers beyond the fears, but a new threat awaits. A murderer has begun his journey from Hamburg in the guise of a curate requested by Father Bietz and is set on destroying the emigrants utopia for his own ends. Only an elderly Aborigine mystic sees the evil that threatens them, but can they be warned in time?