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When two young farmworkers go missing from an outback cattle station, Indigenous detective Jay Swan is sent to a remote town to uncover the mystery. Jay thinks it will be a simple three day job, but it soon becomes clear the teenagers didn’t just wander off and get lost. Local Indigenous boy, Marley, knows the country; he would have stayed with the vehicle. It appears they’ve been taken by force. But by who? And why? And who is the backpacker missing with him? Reese, the name he’s given is a fake. So who is he? What’s he hiding from?
Jay, always a loner, now has to work with smart, tough local cop, Emma James. Born to a wealthy pastoral family and proud of her pioneering history, Emma’s life is embedded in the town. But Emma has her own secrets – bound up in the history of the town. As Jay and Emma uncover Reese and Marley’s relationships and secrets, their investigation will cause them to unpeel the layers of the town. There is a secret lying hidden in the water. And a body. But Jay’s ability to hunt beneath the surface will ultimately uncover another secret, a crime committed ten years earlier. The wrong man has gone to gaol and the real criminal walks freely in the town. Jay will come to realize it’s that crime at the heart of the boy’s disappearance. And his digging into the past will uncover another miscarriage of justice, perpetrated a hundred years earlier. In solving the mystery of the missing boys, Jay and Emma, and the town, will learn a hard lesson – you have to be truthful about your past to understand your present, and to have any sort of future.
Sally Riley, Ivan Sen, Greer Simpkin, & David Jowsey
Aaron Pedersen & Judy Davis