Mana is a part Maori boy living with his solo mum in a slum on the capitol's outskirts.He uses his intelligence to win a prestige scholarship at a boys' boarding college. This is jeopardized when he is forced to turn to gang members to cover his mother's cancer treatments. He pairs up with twins Rachel and Richard who help steer him through his crisis and overcomes gang allegiance, police intimidation and outright warfare to be awarded a scholarship at Yale University. He is unwillingly thrown into the world of international drug traffic and deep sea oil drilling and culminates with surviving Hurricane Hitler. Non stop drama.