It is five days after the Christmas rain. The power and phones are out, the roads are closed, and the windmill is down. Kate is still searching for Riley, who is missing. Grace can't remember details of the accident. Phil is credited with pulling Grace out of the water but did he really save her? Tayler and Patrick make a discovery about their friendship. Ingrid reveals a secret.
Kate helps Father Dan by caring for cantankerous elderly Mrs McEvoy who gives her sage advice. Marcus and Grace become trapped in a disused mine. Will they be found before hypothermia sets in? Tayler tells Patrick that she's not been with another guy, Phil ups his wooing of Moira and Stevie has erotic dreams about Alex.
Drovers are disturbed by a little intruder in the form of Lily Edwards who is living in a campsite with her father after they lost their farm. Moira realises the mini curse she put on Phil is causing him difficulty at the Truckstop. Tension continues to exist between Stevie and Grace over Sharon's revelations and in an effort to bond with Tayler's dog Noisy Patrick takes her for the day.
Alex arrived back from Argentina and Stevie is over the moon. But on their way home they stop and Alex is crushed by a falling tree trunk and dies from his injuries before Rescue can get to him. A distraught Stevie spends the night as an area she had prepared for Alex and goes into labour the following morning and gives birth to baby Xander. But she fails to bond with the baby initially until she discovers that Alex left her video recording before he died. Elsewhere, Ingrid and Marcus's relationship begins to flourish in secrecy until Alex's death and then Marcus ...
Stevie and her baby son leave Drovers and move to Killarney. But her single-minded determination in carrying out what she believes are Alex's wishes causes problems at Drovers and threatens the future of Killarney. Both Grace and Moira try to get Marcus to talk to Stevie but he's unsuccessful. It takes an incident at Killarney to make her see sense and move back home to Drovers. Meanwhile, Grace puts her heart on the line for Marcus only for him to tell her that he is now seeing Ingrid. Elsewhere, Moira becomes jealous when she sees Phil with Beth Martin.
Regan and Grace's younger sister Jaz arrives in town at the same time as Stevie's cousin Ben and they don't meet eye to eye. Grace isn't too happy to see Jaz as she reckons she has an ulterior motive which is proven correct when she finds a letter sent to Jaz about cashing in her share of Drovers. Meanwhile, Patrick gets freaked again by Tayler when it appears to him she wants to have babies with him after she volunteers to baby-sit Xander.
Drovers are told that the Government are planning to dam the river to the west of them effectively spelling the end of Drovers and other farms in the area. Jaz is blackmailed by Terri Barker, a landowner supporting the dam, over an Olympic doping scandal involving Jaz which has yet to be disclosed. Meanwhile, Patrick takes on the temporary job of overseer on Killarney but in his quest to prove himself worthy of the job full-time he overextends himself and decides the job is not for him. Elsewhere, Moira becomes jealous of Beth Martin in her rivalry for Phil.
Tayler's mum Jane comes back to Drovers but Tayler doesn't want to see her until Stevie makes her see that there are two sides to consider. Ingrid briefly moves in with Marcus but when Jim Selkirk drops her services along with other friends of his because of her supposed favourtism of Killarney she decides to move into the Shearer's quarters at Drovers. Lily tells Frank she wants to live with her mother because is sick of moving around and baby Xander smiles for everyone at Drovers except Stevie which they all keep under wraps from her.
Marcus, Frank, Jaz and Grace go to Adelaide to meet with Tim Ayres, the government minister responsible for the dam, but he side-blinds them at a conference making Frank angry which leads to his ex-wife suspending his visits to Lily. But Marcus uses his contacts from his AFL days to storm an opening at an Adelaide sports stadium and finally get the minister to talk to the affected landowners. Meanwhile, Marcus tells Ben not to use his horse Rocky whilst he is away but he ignores him and it is up to Stevie to find Rocky and save Ben his job so that he stays around for ...
An extremely bitter Frank Edwards launches an explosive attack on Minister Ayres as he tours the lands that may be affected by the dam and it is up to Grace, Jaz and Ben to stop him before he causes carnage.
Missing Alex and fearing she is depriving Xander Stevie joins the Gungellan Mothers Group and although she loves it all the other women have partners and Stevie finds it hard to relate to without Alex. Meanwhile, Ben acquires a working dog but it belongs to a brute named Trevor Cherry who wants his dog back. Ben believes the dog is stolen which is proven by Ingrid. Tayler and Patrick fight over the dog trials.