Poor Australian teenager Ned Kelly finds himself stuck in indentured service to a bushranger, Harry Power, after his mother can't take care of him any longer. The outlaw tells young Ned that his mother, an Irish widow of a convict and selector with eight children, doesn't want him and that he's to do whatever Power asks of him. A life of crime soon follows. As Ned grows up, he realizes that he wants to be an even greater bushranger than Power. During the 1870's, Ned forms his own gang and recounts in a memoir his life as a notorious, wanted outlaw.