In the final telemovie-length episode of McLeod's Daughters, Drovers' future is in doubt and the girls pull out all stops to shear through the night to try and save the farm, and their futures.
It's six months since our last episode. High summer is looming and the ongoing drought has forced drastic action. All the sheep are being mustered and shorn to sell off so the remaining stored feed can help keep the cattle going through the next months. Stevie is nursing a secret; the financial situation is even more dire than she's told the others. The whole future of Drovers rests on this plan.
Stevie's secret is revealed halfway through the shear when, to avoid mutiny, Stevie confesses all. Drovers is in terrible financial trouble. She hasn't been drawing herself a wage for the last six months, opting not to pay herself, in order to avoid having to sack one of the girls.
With the help of Killarney, the shearing is completed. But just as a relieved Stevie thinks they're out of the woods, the silo holding all of their grain stocks catches fire. Suddenly the grain that was supposed to help get the cattle through the next few months is gone.