Bound hand and foot in the path of a raging forest fire started by a murderous arsonist, Kevin Wright manages to escape, only to find himself accused of starting the fire. Befriended by Janet Mercer, a lonely widow who is struggling to raise two children on a run-down dairy farm, he helps her to rebuild her shattered life and finances although his instincts are to drop everything and run away. As more fires spring up throughout the forest, threatening the livelihood of the entire town of Tokoroa, Kevin helps to keep them under control, and tracks down the crazed arsonist - who is the last person anyone would have suspected. The forces of nature eventually extinguish the fires - but those same forces also exact their own crippling toll . . .
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