Becky and Jodi see Brian grabbing his new bar girl Kimmy. Nick buys Bill's ranch. Brian threatens Becky's family if she reports his rape, but Tess says they need to catch him in the act and Meg volunteers to seduce him, but can't seem to catch his interest -- until she's alone in her hotel room and her witnesses are back in the pub. Brian announces he and his wife are leaving Gungellan to care for an aged mother. Becky convinces Kimmy that they should report Brian together.
Claire is annoyed at Tess' and Alex' bedroom antics at Drovers Run and doesn't understand why she hasn't gone back to the city to buy her dream café. Jodi decides to enter the Miss Gungellan quest, but Liz Ryan is her interviewer. Claire falls and injures her knee just before she has to demonstrate her horse-training skills to the expert from Australian Bloodlines. Jodi rides Blaze but is unable to control her.
A gorgeous young Italian, Alberto, travelling through Australia has Jodi smitten. After he is bitten by a brown snake he pulled Jodi away from, he winds up staying at Drovers Run even though Meg wants him gone. Peter is also staying at Drovers Run to help Wildfire cover Blaze. Jodi thinks Alberto betrayed her with Becky so she turns him in to Immigration for overstaying his visa, but he promises to come back after he has done his military service in Italy.
Claire sells Loverboy to Nick. Tess is tired of Alex' lack of romance. Jodi is so obsessed with the memory of Alberto that she is shirking her work, and when Becky reproaches her, Meg threatens that she and Jodi will leave if Claire doesn't fire Becky.
Some old friends of Tess' show up with a lease on a café and plan to take Tess with them. Jody sneaks some of the drugs one of the visitors brought. Tess longs for someone to ask her to stay, but Claire is afraid that Tess will hate her if she interferes with Tess' dream.
The charges against Brian are dropped when Kimmy changes her story. Jodi gets ready for a bush polo game that is part of her Miss Gungellan quest. When Meg finds Brian dead, she and Claire are sure Becky killed him and try to protect her.
Sean shows up at Drovers Run asking for Becky's help, but Jody thinks he is just after Tess' hemp crop to sell for dope, not knowing it doesn't have THC in it. Meg is trying too hard to show Terry she still likes him. Claire and Peter continue to send each other mixed signals.
When some wild horses break out of the national forest, Tess herds them back rather than see them shot. Becky is thrown and injured when someone fires a rifle at her. Sean is tired of working at Killarney. Brian Cronin's widow blames both Becky and herself for the loss of her comfortable life.
Jodi's father shows up at Drovers Run and what he has to say shatters Jodi's belief in her mother. Harry makes sure Nick can't get his sheep to the sale, so Nick and Claire organize an on-farm sale at Wilgul. Alex is torn between his father and Nick, while both Jodi and Meg fall under Kevin's spell.
Kevin wants Meg and Jodi to come work with him on a tourist boat he's buying, but he keeps the details to himself. Meg misses much of the Miss Gungellan final because Kevin left urea in the cattle feeders and the women have to clean it out before the cattle are poisoned.
Jodi is angry at her father's desertion and Meg is regretting letting Terry go. Nick is working desperately hard to reclaim Wilgul. Tess tells Alex that Harry could have stopped Nick's accident, and Alex moves out of Killarney. Liz blames Tess for meddling. Harry's private detective makes a surprising discovery about Peter. Tess is concerned about Peter spending Australian Bloodlines' money on Drovers Run without knowing what Drovers Run is liable for.
Peter admits he's married and Claire tries to break up with him. Tess finds the café is not nearly as busy as Simon claimed. Nick appears at Tess' café. Claire follows Peter to Gungellan, where he's going to meet with his wife. Briony makes Simon tell Tess that the café is going broke.
Tess' revamping of the restaurant's menu brings in crowds of customers. Claire's depression interferes with running Drover's Run. Simon intercepts Jodi's Emails to Tess, afraid Tess will leave the city. Claire announces she is selling Drover's Run and Harry Ryan agrees to buy it. Tess finally learns what is happening at Drover's Run and comes back. She tells Harry Ryan Drover's Run is not for sale.
A fox is killing lambs, and Terry provides Drover's Run with a pair of fox-killing alpacas that turn out to be stolen. Becky is furious that Brett has taken a new job in Queensland even though their relationship is progressing. Sgt. Da Costa arrests Terry and is determined to prove he stole the alpacas himself.
The drought is starving the cattle at both Drovers Run and Wilgul, so Claire, Tess, Nick, Terry, and Meg take them on a drove to find food and water. Becky is left in charge at Drovers Run, but Jodi invites her friends to a big party at the main house. When the cattle develop eczema, Tess wheedles rancher Daniel to let the cattle onto his property. Becky breaks up Jodi's party.
While Australian Bloodlines is negotiating a contract with Harry Ryan, the owner of Brave J wants Claire to resume training him. Becky's poor reading handicaps her in figuring a feed order. Peter wants Claire back, and Alex wants to keep her friendship more than he wants the training contract. Becky overdoses the sheep because she can't read the drenching label, and confesses to Claire that she can't read.
A broken-down van strands a group of male strippers at Drover's Run, who say they are raising money for the crippled brother of one of the dancers. Alex disturbs Claire when he makes impossible promises to lure clients to their new horse-training service. When Jodi accidentally gives the strippers food poisoning, she recruits local men to take their place.
Marty returns with the shearers and he and Claire seem to be getting along too well. Jodi's Italian boyfriend Alberto returns, and Jodi discovers Craig has been interfering with his letters. Tess has advertised, offering "working vacations" on the ranch, and her first guests arrive during the frantic activity of shearing.
Becky takes up boxing. Claire and Alex are losing horse-training contracts because Peter spread an old story about Alex. Meg hears that Jody and Alberto are planning to travel the world and is desperate to keep her home. Nick and Tess acknowledge their mutual attraction.
When Harry insists on spraying his fields so newly-organic Wilgul is contaminated, Tess and Nick steal the chopper. Unable to pay the rent, Alberto & Jodi are evicted and move back to Drover's Run. Claire admits she is scared of jumping Brave J. Becky feels abandoned because Brick hasn't written. Tess invites the Ryans for dinner at Wilgul to try to defuse Harry's ire over the stolen helicopter, and Liz tells Tess she should dump Nick if she cares for him.
It's the annual Gungellan Show. Australian Bloodlines takes Claire to court for breach of contract because Peter denies she ever gave him a letter of resignation. Alberto and Jodi try to raise traveling money by selling homemade Italian sausage, but have to drop the price. Becky eagerly awaits Brick's arrival on the noon bus. Tess breaks into Peter's hotel room looking for the missing letter.
Peter tells Claire he'll clear her legal problems if she will marry him. A rumor that Jodi is pregnant flusters Meg and delights Alberto. Sally makes it clear she is after Nick, but when Nick invites Tess to move in with him, she declines because she thinks Claire needs her. Becky leaves to find Brick. When Alex is injured and has to drop out of the cross-country race, Claire is determined to ride Brave J and whip Peter.