By Katherine Heyman.
In a coma in a hospital in New South Wales, Rose begins to have a series of visions about Jess, former Australian rough-riding champion, widow of a Chinese circus-owner and star of bushranger films.1905.
Sold by her father, Jess finds herself working as a trick rider in a travelling circus, learning her trade from the great ringmaster Ariel.
Ariel's circus finds itself the centre of unwanted attention and prejudice.
Jess is offered the opportunity to star in bushranger films and save their dwindling business.
Ariel's death leaves Jess struggling to make ends meet.
When her film career comes to an abrupt end, she finds herself with no choice but to throw her lot in with the untrustworthy Dibbs.
Having talked her way out of prison, Jess returns home to her baby.
In her absence, everything has changed and her son is nowhere to be found.
1912: Jess begins to live the life she portrayed in films, as a bushranger, to find her missing son.