Kevin Jones arrives at Blackstream prison beaten, bruised, and suffering from brain damage-a state he wasn't in at his sentencing. Something happened to Kevin during his transfer, and though the prison psychologist tries to help him remember...he can't. But someone at the prison knows Kevin's secrets; and when they meet, a deadly war will be ignited, thrusting the entire prison into a battle of hate and revenge...
Louisa is confronted by the parallels of life and work when a prisoner, Brett Hodges, little older than her son, Anthony, arrives at the prison. Hodges' attitude problem and naivete make him vulnerable to the drug network.
Louisa and Sister Pat encourage three Aboriginals to form a band to keep them out of trouble. Louisa is also faced with the problem of dealing with a self-mutilator, known as "Spoons", whom she is trying to have transferred to a psychiatric facility.
Blackstream is a prison riddled with drugs, and a cloud of suspicion hangs over some of the officers. Sister Pat struggles with Harry, an old-timer in a fast-changing prison world, who carries a fatal secret.