Two men are killed by a giant crocodile while out poaching in Australia's Northern Territories. Local ranger Steve Harris (John Jarratt) goes out in search of the crocodile but the local Aborigines tell him that he cannot kill it because it is Numunwari, a dreaming crocodile. After the crocodile eats a child in a nearby Aborigine village, Steve's superiors demand that it be found and killed. Steve instead works with the Aborigine elder Oonabund (Burnham Burnham) to capture the Numunwari and return it to its homeground. Also stars Nikki Coghill and Max Phipps.