In Hopetoun there are few rules… And even fewer willing to follow them.In this town moral codes are muddied by circumstance and opportunity. There’s gold for the taking, cash being splashed and power wielded ruthlessly with little regard for right and wrong. It’s hard to know the good guys from the bad when guns, blades and fists speak louder than any law.This is the world of the Wild Boys, a high-energy adventure series about a gang of bushrangers whose charisma is as captivating and entertaining as their extreme exploits in the Australian bush.Set in 1860s NSW at the frontier – where gold has lured the opportunistic away from the still fledgling main colonies, – Wild Boys follows four men on the outside of the law as they come up against authority, the rich and greedy and the foibles of their own hearts.Daniel MacPherson (City Homicide) and Zoe Ventoura (Packed to the Rafters) star alongside a stellar Australian cast that includes Michael Dorman, David Field, Jeremy Sims, Christopher Stollery, Nathaniel Dean, Anna Hutchison and newcomer Alexander England.Jack, Dan, Conrad and Captain Gunpowder are the Wild Boys.Jack wants enough gold to head west, buy land and settle down with Mary, Hopetoun’s publican, butcher and brothel owner.Dan wants enough gold to head west and buy women (any women, really).Captain Gunpowder just wants to have fun with Jack, Dan and his cache of explosives (and maybe win the heart of a certain school teacher).And Conrad doesn’t really care about money; he just wants to elope with the mayor’s daughter Emilia.The Wild Boys are making plans for the future, but for now they will have to make do with each other – staging hold-ups and keeping one step ahead of traps, trackers, and other outlaws.The question is: Are they smart enough to stay ahead of Fuller, Fife and Scanlon (each of whom has a very good reason to want the Wild Boys dead)?Wild Boys is a Southern Star Entertainment Production for Channel Seven produced in association with Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Julie McGauran and Sarah Smith (Southern Star) are producing, with Seven’s Head of Drama, John Holmes.
Follow the lives of four men on the outside of the law in 1860's outback Australia, as they come up against authority, the rich and greedy, and the weaknesses of their own hearts. After a month away from Hopetoun, Jack and Dan return home to find new Superintendent of Police, Fuller, arriving, causing their existence as bushrangers to come under threat. Jack rekindles his romance with pub owner, Mary, but any hope for a future with her is snuffed out when Fuller captures the Wild Boys.
Jack awakes after being shot, to find a shocking discovery at the Ryan farm. Cared for by Mary, he's almost caught when Fuller raids her pub. But when Jack learns that Joey Butler was behind the shooting at the farm, he sets off for revenge, ruining Mary's plan for a new life.
Mary's bar is burnt down as a result of foul play, and Jack decides to rob the Hopetoun Bank to try to help her.
With the Hopetoun Cup being run in town, Jack is determined to ride and win the event - and make a nice score by stealing the favourite, painting it up and entering it as their own. With Frank Butler in town to look for the killer of his brother, Fuller determined to fill his jail with criminals and a dangerous detective hired by the bank to find the culprits, the boys are in the midst of a very deadly enterprise. But Scanlon is riding in the race, and Jack is going to do anything it takes to stop him winning.
Dan's past comes back to haunt him when an old girlfriend convinces him to marry her — the gun pointed at his head is very convincing. The Wild Boys are also being threatened by a new bushranger in town, Captain Moonlite, who's dangerous, eccentric and rather elusive. Emilia's new suitor, Rupert Wentworth, chosen by her father, turns out to be more charming than Emilia imagined, if not a little flamboyant. Meanwhile, in an effort to protect Tommy, Jack puts his life on the line at the miner's court.
In the midst of a rum shortage as a result of a spate of hold-ups, which are wrongly blamed on Jack, Fuller convinces Emilia to set the boys up to save Conrad. When the sting goes wrong and Conrad's shot, Jack's convinced they have a rat in in their ranks. As loyalties are questioned and suspicions raised, Jack comes up with a dangerous plan to help Mary and save Conrad.
Just as the Wild Boys are relinquishing their plans to target Hopetoun's Assayer, they run into Jessie, a disarming female bushranger with a taste for risk-taking. She convinces them to join forces with her, but soon enough Jessie's flawless plan is looking far more complicated. Not only does she lead the Wild Boys into a seemingly impossible robbery but she leads Jack into a seemingly impossible scrape with Mary. And it turns out that there's more to her 'spirited' nature than meets the eye; she's got a personal score to settle in Hopetoun.
When the Butlers target farmer George, he seeks the Wild Boys' help. While fighting off the Butlers' assault, Jack realises that Frank Butler was also part of the original murder of the Ryans.
When Conrad comes into possession of a map, the race is on for the gold. Breaking away with Mad Dog Morgan, one of the baddest bushrangers roaming the wild, Conrad is soon pursued by the rest of the Wild Boys, Scanlon and the Traps. Meanwhile, with Emilia looking for her missing editor, Mary investigating new business opportunities and Jack probing the deaths on the Old East Road, the net is closing in more ways than one and not everyone is going to come out alive.