The return of Russ' first-born child, Eddie, sees the island divided for the first time in years. Long estranged from his family, Eddie has not only come back to claim the land Mabo legislation says is rightfully his, but he's going to build a church on it. For Russ, still unwilling years later to acknowledge the charismatic young Eddie as his son, it is nothing short of war. But for Helen, this is a golden political opportunity. As an outsider, she has until now been a pawn in Russ' game of island politics. Aligning herself with Eddie, exploiting this father-son dispute, she sets her sights on closing down the wet canteen. When she looks at Eddie, she sees his father as a young man; muscular and headstrong - a born leader. Russ has taught his son well. A natural diver, skilful orator, not to mention a mesmerising dancer, there seems there is nothing in which he cannot match his father - except perhaps in Helen's affections. Eddie and his church gather rapid support and Russ suddenly ...
19 January 2006 (Australia)
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