The people of Dampier describe Red Dog (Koko) as "a dog for everyone". On one hot day, an American named John Grant (Josh Lucas) came into town to work as a bus driver, and on that day, Red Dog had found his true master. Red Dog attempted on many occasions to make contact with John. After John walks in on the townsfolk doing something unacceptable to Red Dog, he finally takes Red Dog as his own.
"The film is more a string of episodes than a story: Josh Lucas doesn't bring much personality to his central role, and John's relationship with his love interest Nancy (Rachael Taylor) never comes to life", smh.com.au.