The main character of this film, played by Chips Rafferty, obstinately refuses to obey the scorched earth policy of the Australian government to destroy everything that might be of use to an invading enemy - the Japanese. Based on true events at the outbreak of World War II, this story relates the adventures of a group of Australian cattlemen (and women) who take a huge risk by moving a large herd of cattle from the the Northern Territory across 1600 miles of the outback to safety. There are the inevitable hazards of such a journey - lack of water, stampede, crocodiles and the rest, but the story moves along at a good pace. Rafferty is perfectly cast as the archetypal Australian, phlegmatic and anti-authority. An outstanding feature of the movie is the musical score composed by John Ireland which highlights the epic nature of the tale.