Tensions flare when a prawn trawler strays into local waters. Solomon, Russ' second son, is enraged at the injustice of the situation. These boats with their tide charts and their sonar systems have every advantage over the local fishermen, and still they take and take. A bloody confrontation out on the water strands two white boys in the clinic overnight, alert to the sound of the islanders sharpening their spears outside. Helen is pissed off at being aligned in the eyes of the islanders with the views of some of the people who happen to share her skin colour. Her friend Robbo doesn't help matters by removing Solomon from the football team for the upcoming carnival after he fails to show up for practice. Helen is angry - it's not as though it's easy to blend in here. Robbo withstands her rage, clear and calm. He's brutally honest. Helen is deluding herself. Try as she might, she's never going to be one of them. There's a hint that Robbo might be talking with more personal interest at...
26 January 2006 (Australia)
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