Set in rural Tasmania over seven decades, the joyous power and despair of family life are revealed through the mercurial relationship of two very different sisters. A twisted tale of aspirations, envy, injustice and rivalry all interwound within a musical thread that binds them. One sister, for whom giving and loving are her bounteous natural qualities, another who cannot forgive or forget. Raised by their father, the motherless siblings move in with their grandmother when the father also dies and hence, one is groomed to be a talented protégé and the other a domestic servant. Their life paths divide and reunite with increasingly dramatic consequences.