Just who did murder Danny Holdsworth's best friend Nigel Slater thirty years ago when they were both teenagers who'd grown up together in the small NSW town of Broken Ridge?
Now a highly esteemed television journalist Danny returns to Broken Ridge and is determined to finally find the answer to Nigel's still unsolved murder. His investigations bring him back into contact with Caroline who he was once engaged to but who's now very unhappily married to Danny's childhood nemesis, Tim Reynolds. But Tim has secret business difficulties that have led him into the clutches of a Melbourne ganglord and his Russian associates. They give him more trouble than he's ever known but he doesn't imagine just how fatal his association with them will prove to him and his family.
Meanwhile Caroline is determined to try and find what she and Danny once had even though she knows that Danny came out as gay just before he left town all those years ago. But Danny has already embarked on an affair that has trouble written all over it and yet he's driven by a passion that he just can't turn away from.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Nigel's murder brings a surprise visit from Danny's estranged mother who has lived in the US since abandoning Danny when he was a child. She brings with her a dark secret that not only identifies Nigel's killer but which also delivers a devastating truth about Danny's own identity that sends him reeling.
It's a revelation that makes him wish he'd left well alone.