Community leader and activist Waruu seems like a good guy but always putting the greater good rst is about to come back to bite him. Adding to Waruu’s frustration over the quality of life in the Zone and the treatment of Hairypeople is that his long-held dream of being the Cleverman is over with the role going to his estranged half-brother, Koen, who might be Waruu’s only hope.
In an attempt to reveal the awful conditions Hairies are being kept in at the Containment Centre, Waruu (Rob Collins) and Harry (Isaac Drandic) break in to lm what’s really going on. The mission goes horribly wrong when Harry, a shaved-down Hairy, can’t bear to refuse Djukara’s (Tysan Towney) pleas to let them out. A guard shoots Djukara and Waruu pulls the guard off him but traps him in a headlock.
They head back to the Zone and are shocked by reports that a guard’s heart was ripped out in the breakout, with the Hairies once again getting the blame. But while CLEVERMAN the guard’s heart was removed after death by Steve McIntyre (Marcus Graham), the head of the Containment Authority, it was Waruu who killed the guard.
The death toll rises as eight people in an aged care home have their hearts ripped out. Once again Hairies are blamed and the media campaign inspires crowds of angry protesters to ock to the Zone in condemnation. Waruu asks media mogul Slade (Iain Glen) for help and he sends a lm crew to the Zone to show the Hairies’ side of the story.
However, Belinda (Leanna Walsman), the journalist sent to the Zone, has been fronting the reports blaming the Hairies for the attacks. She’s also Waruu’s lover — and his daughter Alinta (Tamala Shelton) and wife Nerida (Jada Alberts) are on to her.
Without Waruu in the Zone to protect Belinda, Alinta eagerly leads the reporter to the Hairy precinct. Furious, they are on the verge of attacking Belinda when Latani (Rarriwuy Hick) saves her but she too has a reason for revenge and looks like turning on her.
Meanwhile, McIntyre confronts Waruu over the breakout and the guard’s death. He gives Waruu an ultimatum – hand back the Hairy escapees or face a murder charge. But Waruu counters with a deal of his own. He has footage of McIntyre cutting the guard’s heart out to frame the Hairies, which could cause major problems for McIntyre and the government’s scare campaign.
Knowing he can only do so much, Waruu reaches out to Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard) for help. Waruu demands Koen ful l his duties as the Cleverman and destroy the creature that is actually responsible for the deadly attacks that have been blamed on the Hairies.
Koen, who thinks he became Cleverman by mistake, refuses, dismissing the beast as make-believe. Unfortunately it may take a violent act closer to home to inspire Koen to nally take a stand. TVS
breaks in to the Containment Centre to film what’s going on — but it all goes terribly wrong ABC GRISLY SCENES Waruu (Rob Collins) gets in to the prison holding the Hairies. A guard is killed in the conflict and his heart removed.
RELUCTANT Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard) refuses to kill the creature responsible for the deadly attacks.