This musical features many popular ballads from the 1880s as it tells the tale of a cabaret singer and her boozy husband who travel to the South African gold fields to seek their fortune. They choose an empty mine, and while her husband hopefully works in the mine, the woman gets a singing job in a local saloon. Time passes, and eventually she and the handsome proprietor begin falling in love. By the story's end though, the woman returns to her neer-do-well but sweet husband. Together they begin looking for the elusive mother lode.