In September 2000 many Australian eyes were staring at the horizon, awaiting the rise of a locust plague of biblical proportions – a time bomb that could destroy the heart of rural Australia. The previous summer, normally a time of drought, was different. Flooding rains combined with summer warmth provided the ideal conditions for the Australian plague locust to explode out of its normal range and into the fertile southern lands of Australia, an area equivalent in size to the state of Texas. In spring the earth came alive as an estimated 1,000 billion plague locusts rose from the ground. This DVD looks at the biology of the insect, examines methods of controlling the plague, the aftermath and the people involved.