On the verge of losing her job, Harriet rallies to get a big story fast.
Political journalist Harriet Dunkley will stop at nothing to get a story. But her tenacity could be her downfall as she pursues her latest hunch with reckless abandon.
After the body of a mutilated young man washes up on the lakefront, Harriet senses a conspiracy but can’t get any traction. Her newspaper thinks she’s barking up the wrong tree while the police and government sources aren’t talking and an intelligence officer warns her off.
Not one to take no for an answer Harriet (Anna Torv) keeps digging and finds a link between the dead body and Sabine Hobbs, an idealistic student who set herself alight in a Beijing market.
She vows to get to the bottom of the story and find out what it might have to do with the rising tension between the US and China.
Defence Minister Mal Paxton (Dan Wyllie) knows Harriet’s on to something and is forced to fight to save his political career. Apart from his least favourite journalist he also has to contend with his factional enemy, Attorney-General Catriona Bailey (Jacki Weaver) who takes the chance to use the scandal for her own benefit.
Bailey later uses national security as a platform to wrangle more power before a cyber attack on Australia’s air traffic control has Paxton asking questions. Is it too easy to link the attack to China’s bid for revenge over their dead sailor? Meanwhile the US gets Australia on its side in the struggle with China and Bailey gets support for her national security bill.
While seeking answers, Harriet gets a brutal warning to back off as a person she questioned is found dead, another goes missing and someone close to her inner circle is murdered. But Harriet won’t stop and is given a lead in the form of a clue meant just for her. The trail identifies something larger at play as those she thought she could trust turn out to be enemies.
At a dead end and on the verge of losing her job, Harriet rallies to get a big story fast. Noticing defence cars and intelligence officers in the Prime Minister’s courtyard she calls in some favours and gets an expose. But while doing everything she can to get that scoop has she missed something bigger or is she being played?
Alan Dale as Prime Minister Martin Toohey and Sacha Horler as his chief of staff Ludie Sypek.
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