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Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young farm hands on an outback cattle station. One is a local Indigenous footy hero, and the other a backpacker. Working with local cop Emma James, Jay's investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community. A six part spin-off from Ivan Sen's feature films Mystery Road and Goldstone.
As time runs out to find the missing boys, pressure mounts on Shevorne to reveal what she knows.
With questions hanging over Marley's return and the whereabouts of Reese, Emma brings him in for a formal interview. Revealing little, Jay and Emma take Marley back to the shed where he was found, and their suspicion only grows. Nothing Marley says adds up with what Jay can see on the ground, and he is visibly shocked when they tell him that Reese is not his real name.
As Jay and Emma go their separate ways, Jay tries to figure out where Marley has really been while Emma confronts Larry. They have a heated conversation that has been brewing for 10 years, but Larry refuses to help solve the mystery. Meanwhile Jay is closing in on the truth. A visit to Shevorne confirms that Marley arrived in town a few days ago and Shevorne has been hiding him. But as long as Shevorne denies everything, he's got no proof.
Realising that Marley has skipped town with his girlfriend Jaz, Jay Intercepts the bus, and hauls Marley off, taking him to the railway crossing where the blood was found.
Despite strong arming Marley he reveals nothing. While Jay stands at the road he sees a ridge in the distance with a water hole below. He may know where Reese is. Climbing down the cliff face to the waterhole, Jay wades into the water… and finds Reese's body, with a rifle tied to it. Reese has been shot.
Arrested but refusing to speak, everything points to Marley's guilt. But Jay doesn't think it adds up — why would Marley shoot his best friend in the back. Sure that there has to be some other explanation, Jay confronts Emma with his theory. But the wheels of the law are already in motion and Jay needs more than a ‘feeling'… he needs evidence.
As Reese's murder reverberates through the small town of Patterson, his grieving mother Liz asks to hold her son's memorial at Black Springs. However when the request is refused by the local Aboriginal Elders, citing that Black Springs is a ‘sorry place' — Emma is confused. Black Springs is on her family's land, how can it be a sorry place?
Convinced Marley is not responsible for Reese's murder, Jay is in a race against time to find the evidence to back up his case before the boy ends up in prison for a crime he did not commit.
And having gone from being the footy hero to the town pariah — Marley is beginning to crack.
Troubled about Black Springs being a sorry place, Emma begins to investigate the history of their family's property. She uncovers another crime committed at Black Springs long before the murder of Reese; a crime which still reverberates in Patterson; a crime that changes her understanding of who she is and threatens to destroy her relationship with her brother.
With Mary having cleared out, Crystal helps her father find a breakthrough in the case. But it's too late. Overcome with fear and guilt, Marley breaks bail and runs to see his uncle Larry. He is arrested, and Emma has no option but to send him to prison. Hoping to finally get the truth from the boy, Jay persuades Emma to let him drive Marley to prison. But on the way they are attacked, and are forced to fight for their lives.
Having outrun their attackers, Jay holes up with Marley in an outback shed and Marley finally tells Jay everything — what happened that fateful night and the last time he saw Reese: the boys were ambushed out in the desert, and tried to escape — Marley got away but Reese didn't. Where he can't identify their attackers, Marley assumes it has to do with undercutting Tyson's drug trade. But Jay thinks there's more to it than that. He still thinks the whole attack has something to do with Larry… and Shevorne. He just has to figure out how.
When Jay finally returns to town with a smashed up police vehicle and no Marley he has some explaining to do. Jay reveals his reason for not trusting Emma enough to tell her where he's stashed Marley her brother is cheating the local people out of the truth about the value of Ballantyne Station. Emma refuses to believe it, until Tony finally confesses.
But Emma is in for another shock — as Shevorne reveals that Larry is innocent and tells them who really raped her 10 years earlier. Now Emma's whole life is in turmoil. Everything she has believed in is under question — her family, her history and her abilities as a police officer. But the one thing she can do now is stop another tragedy — Marley being gaoled for a crime he didn't commit.
With the man who really raped Shevorne now knowing the police are on his tail, the only way he can get away is if he silences Shevorne forever.
Jay and Emma have to work together to solve the crime and save both Marley and the person this has been about all along… Shevorne.
Anthony Hayes(Ryan Muller)
Judy Davis(Emma James)
Aaron L. McGrath(Marley Thompson)
Aaron Pedersen(Jay Swan)
Deborah Mailman(Kerry Thompson)
Tasma Walton(Mary Swan)
Colin Friels(Tony Ballantyne)
Ernie Dingo(Keith Groves)
Tasia Zalar(Shevorne Shields)
Wayne Blair(Larry Dime)
Meyne Wyatt(Cedric Thompson)
John Waters(Travis James)
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