It is 1987 and Peter Clancy, hard-drinking journalist, returns to his hometown to settle his mother's estate. Peter's two-day visit to Clarke's Flat stretches to eight as he is unwillingly drawn into the sinister secrets of this outback Queensland town. Peter's childhood best mate Dave Tindall is now a police constable in Clarke's Flat. With Sam Saturday, an erstwhile stockman on the former Clancy cattle station, Dave convinces Peter to help him prove the 1960s 'suicides' of Dave's father and another man were, in truth, murders. Peter's quest for evidence stirs up more than he bargained for - including his own shameful past.