Hester (Pamela Rabe) is a strong, responsible woman of early middle age, raised on the land, who eventually takes over the reins of the family farm when her father dies.
Katherine (Miranda Otto) has entered Hester's life as a household employee, but their initial working relationship quickly evolves first into friendship, then into something deeper. The exact nature of their relationship is never detailed, but the erotic undertones in many scenes are powerful. ..
Over an indeterminant period of time, the two women seem fulfilled by the relationship, needing no others in their isolated hideaway, cocooned from the world outside, until Hester's thoughts turn to travel.
Financially advised by the family accountant (Paul Chubb), Hester has had her usually steady judgment about money matters upturned by the wildly impulsive and much younger Katherine.
Hester somewhat impulsively decides to sell the farm, buy a smaller cottage, then spend a large portion of the money freed up to embark on a year-long European adventure with Katherine.
Accident changes their plans forever when Katherine runs over a man on the way home from the dance. Hiding their grisly secret by disposing of the body down the unused well on the new property, Hester and Katherine start the dramatic unravelling of the blissful life they had achieved together. ..