Danni's beloved horse Nellie is one of many which becomes ill. Colin finds their mother's old tonic books and convinces her to try and make it up, to save the horses. Meanwhile, Connor O'Shea is going to lose his land after Matt makes an agreement in Melbourne.
Rob and Michael have an accident while taking the old printing machine to get the new one - resulting in Rob's leg becoming pinned under the cart. Meanwhile, Matt and Colin tackle a stubborn tree stump.
The big day is almost here for Matt and Kathleen. Matt asks Colin to conduct the ceremony the next day and he agrees. While out the previous night, Matt comes across a man badly injured and doesn't want to leave him. Montanna Hale rides into town hiding a secret and Kathleen is left sitting on the church step waiting for her groom.
Montana decides to enter into a target shooting competition. She beats the men to win first prize - a horse. But when the horse is stolen from her, Montana makes the bold decision to go after the thief, with Kathleen tagging along. The situation becomes critical when they witness the thief, Seb Holgate, committing another crime and he sees them. Can Matt rescue them in time?
All is peaceful in town until an Aboriginal station hand is accused of murdering a young girl. Her father and brothers decide to take the law into their own hands and get justice for her. Matt soon becomes involved and tries to prevent the family from taking revenge - especially when the facts of the murder come to light.
Danni and her father Matt argue after he tells her he wants her to go to a ladies finishing school. Objecting, Danni runs away to the cabin and spends the night, only telling Michael where she was going.
Michael's father and Kathleen's 'ex-husband, Seamus O'Neill, turns up in town, causing quite a stir; Kathleen believed he had died some 8 years before.
Seamus wants Michael to become part of his life, much to Kathleen's concern. Meanwhile, Colin finds out whether Kathleen and Matt's marriage is legal.
Emily is still ill from drinking water from the river and it turns out someone has built a dam. Matt makes the decision to get rid of the dam by using dynamite, but one person is killed in the explosion.
Josh is found in the woods but refuses to talk to anyone. Two graves are found, of his parents, so Emily and Colin take him in. But then people come to take Josh away - will he talk and tell the truth in time to stay?
Matt and his sons are called upon to help rescue miners trapped in a cave-in. When gas in the mine causes an explosion, Matt loses his sight.
Matt and the rest of the family struggle to come to terms with his disability. For Colin,the accidenthas brought to the surface a deeply-rooted and painful secret.
Montana and Rob find an American surveyer who has been shot. They help him and he reveals he was shot by a man spying on Montana. When Montana claims that she has seen someone loitering by her property and her horses are poisoned, Rob is determined to protect her. Montana believes the stalker is someone from her past trying to get revenge but she is adamant that she will deal with the situation herself.
Following Montana's admission that she shot and killed Sam Taylor's father, she is arrested. She asks Matt to defend her in the court hearing that will determine whether she is extradited to the USA, where she would face the death penalty if found guilty murder. The McGregors' rally around in an effort to prove her case of self defense but Montana is reluctant to give evidence.
Colin, Emily and Josh spend time at Langara. Emily worries about not being a good mother and Michael is asked to show Josh around the property to keep him amused. The army strikes camp on Langara land and Kathleen expresses a strong dislike of all things military. Meanwhile, Michael becomes fascinated with the soldier lifestyle, particularly the weaponry. When a gun goes missing, Michael is implicated.
Mysterious travelling man Tuck arrives in Patterson Ridge in the middle of a torrential downpour. During his time with the McGregors he plays matchmaker between Rob and Montana, helps Matt fix his wagon and encourages Josh to overcome his fear of abandonment. Meanwhile, Danni finds that she is attracted to Tuck and they strike up a close friendship. However, when Emily discovers a revealing letter in Tuck's possession she begins to wonder, is he too good to be true?
Matt, Kathleen, Rob, Emily and Josh travel to Melbourne to attend the Governer's Ball. Montana also goes there on business. When Josh wanders outside the hotel he is given a letter by a man who claims the Prince of Wales, who is attending the ball, is in danger. Josh is told to deliver the letter at all costs. Unfortunately, it is written in Russian. Josh recognises one of the Prince's assistants as the potential killer and a Russian couple staying at the hotel know more than they are prepared to say. Meanwhile, Kathleen and Emily do their best to persude Montana to wear a dress and attend the ball.
A fair is held in aid of church funds and members of Patterson Ridge all make donations. When a hand-written love poem is found in a second hand book, gossip around town is rife as everyone tries to work out who wrote the poem. They are also eager to discover the identity of the mysterious lady described in it. Matt and Kathleen win a weekend at the town's hotel and decide to consider it a honeymoon. However, have great problems getting any peace and quiet as their privacy is constantly invaded. Josh is given a pet dog but he experiences difficulty keeping it under control.
The town becomes divided when a group of homeless, Chinese immigrants come to town. A young, unmarried immigrant is pregnant. While Colin is sympathetic towards her and allows her to stay with the McGregors, others in town are not so forthcoming. Meanwhile, Colin has a visit from the church administrator. Colin is eager to use church funds to support the town's new arrivals but the administrator refuses to help them on the grounds they are not Christian. However, Colin feels there is another reason for the administrator's lack of assistance.
Mr Gleeson and Kathleen travel to Mansfield to collect an old friend who has travelled from England to visit him. When their carriage skids down an embankment, they find themselves stranded and injured in the bush. Tragedy strikes when one someone does not make it back alive. Michael expresses a desire to travel to Ireland to visit his grandfather however Kathleen does not want him to go. Montana and Rob go riding. There is a terrible storm and they end up spending the night camping together.
Emily is thrilled when her friend Rachel and her newborn son David visit. However when Rachel reveals the real reason why she has left her husband, Emily is shocked. Meanwhile Thomas, Rachel's husband, tracks her down and demands that she returns home. Tyler Morgan is in financial difficulty. Thomas is eager to help resolve his problems however he has an ulterior motive for doing so. Montana invites Rob for dinner but things don't go as well as planned.
Rachel's decision to remain with the McGregor's has dire consequences for the town when Thomas orchestrates his revenge. Trains are mysteriously cancelled, the store receives no deliveries and Kathleen's supply of printing paper does not arrive. When the Melbourne stagecoach service is cut, Rachel is convinced Thomas is behind it all. The locals are shocked when the hotel comes under new management and Thomas arrives. Things reach breaking point when he takes control of the bank too. Matt rouses the people of Patterson's Ridge to take action and prevent the town's destruction. Rob pushes for a commitment from Montana but does not get the response he was hoping for. Meanwhile, Emily has some exciting news for Colin.