When Ethel Griggs dies suddenly in the Victorian country town of Omeo in January 1928, rumours about her husbands̉ blatant affair with Lottie, the lovely 20-year-old daughter of local grazier and Methodist elder, Jack Condon, are rife. So rife that despite a doctors̉ certificate suggesting natural causes, police order Ethel Griggs̉ body to be exhumed and the young mother of 11-month-old baby. Alwyn is found to have died from arsenic poisoning. Her husband, the Rev. Ron Griggs, the districts Methodist minister, is charged with her cruel and heartless murder.