Koen is shocked when he grabs Kora’s arm and is sent flying by a jolt of power.
Tension is running high in the city where unexplained violent attacks have been blamed on a species called Hairypeople. Pushed to the fringes of society in a ghetto-type community known as The Zone, which has been walled off by the government, they are forbidden to leave. Only humans may come and go by showing their IDs.
Koen (Hunter PageLochard) and Blair (Ryan Corr) have been taking advantage of the Containment Authority’s desperate attempts to stop any Hairies from living in the city. They smuggle a family out of The Zone and into a city apartment. After payment, they leave and later dob in the family to the Authority so that they can claim their reward.
Footage of the violent retrieval of the Hairy family is broadcast across television, horrifying Waruu (Rob Collins) who believes that once his Uncle Jimmy’s (Jack Charles) Cleverman powers have been passed on he can help bring peace to The Zone and end people smuggling. But it is Koen who gets a visit from Jimmy and after being given a special club known as a nulla nulla, Jimmy sacrifices himself. The powers do not go as expected to Waruu but to his estranged half-brother Koen.
Another violent attack is blamed on the Hairies as Koen seeks out his Aunty Linda (Deborah Mailman) in The Zone for answers.
Realising Koen is the Cleverman she wonders what impact this will have on her son Waruu who has been waiting for the day he would step into the auspicious role.
Later Koen shows off his power to his friends who marvel at his incredible selfhealing ability. But a voice in Koen’s head leads him to a mysterious lab where he makes a daring attempt to rescue a woman who seems to be something magical.
While Waruu’s raid of the Containment centre goes horribly wrong, Koen and his friends Blair and Ash (Stef Dawson) try to work out who and what the mystery woman is. Naming her Kora (Alexis Lane), Koen is shocked when he grabs her arm and is sent flying by a jolt of power.
Wealthy businessman Jarrod Slade (Iain Glen) resumes his efforts to continue the work he started with Jimmy by finding the new Cleverman. Assuming it’s Waruu, he heads into The Zone but is rejected by the anarchist before realising that the powers have gone to someone else. He approaches Koen with a lucrative offer to join forces. Koen must decide whether to join the charismatic Slade or continue his incredible new journey alone.