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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