As an adaptation from Uncle Vanya, written by Chekhov, this picture takes place in 1920's Australia. Jack and Sally are running a family farm while their brother-in-law pursues the life of a literary critic in London. Their brother-in-law has promised that he will be back with lots of money. This turns out to be the total opposite. The brother-in-law returns to the farm with his wife. The brother-in-law is broke and emotionally damaged. He wants to sell the farm for money. Everyone gets a say before the deal is finally over, and family values are tested over and over again.