Three American army deserters claim refugee status in Canada, and ICS must deal with the personal and political fallout.


John Fawcett


Jeremy Hole (creator), Janet MacLean (creator) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James McGowan ... Major Mike Kessler
Sofia Milos ... Special Agent Bianca LeGarda
Graham Abbey ... Gray Jackson
Jonas Chernick ... Heironymous Slade
Nazneen Contractor ... Layla Hourani
Mark Wilson ... Al 'Moose' Lepinsky
Jim Codrington ... Darnell Williams
Catherine Disher ... Maggie Norton
Alberta Watson ... Minister Suzanne Fleischer
Nigel Bennett ... Andrew Mannering
Debra McCabe ... Yvonne Castle (as Debra Lynne McCabe)
Sarah Gadon ... Zoe Kessler
Dan Petronijevic ... Corporal Zachariah Metski
Harmon Walsh ... Lt. Ulysses Grant Davies
Drake ... PFC Gordon Harvey (as Aubrey Graham)


Three American soldiers plunge into the Niagara River and swim to Canada. Deserters, refusing to return to Iraq under the U.S.'s "stop loss"? policy, they seek refugee status in Canada. Major Mike Kessler and his Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) Squad are forced to deal with the fallout -- from Canadian anti-war protesters to an incensed American four-star general. One of the soldiers has a psychotic breakdown forcing Major Kessler to face his worst nightmare. Written by CBC

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Action | Crime | Drama



Release Date:

29 September 2008 (Canada) See more »

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White Pine Pictures See more »
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Zoe Kessler: Hey, Dad.
Major Mike Kessler: Shelter From the Storm.
Zoe Kessler: It's a new underground railroad. We help deserters cross the border and find home and jobs when they get here.
Major Mike Kessler: That's illegal, Zoe.
Zoe Kessler: Well, so is the army trying to stop the loss of soldiers who finish their contracts.
Major Mike Kessler: Those soldiers should have read the fine print. They could be forced to serve as long as the war continues.
Zoe Kessler: So, that's what? The next 20 years? Besides, Iraq is not a war. It's a military engagement.
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