Stephanie Harper marries tennis pro Greg Marsden, who already has a relationship--with her best friend. He tries to kill her and disfigures her badly. She undergoes plastic surgery and returns to civilization under a new name.


Karen Arthur


Michael Laurence (written and devised by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Gilling ... Stephanie Harper & Tara Welles
James Reyne James Reyne ... Greg Marsden
Wendy Hughes ... Jilly Stewart
James Smillie ... Dan Marshall
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ... Joanna Randall
Patricia Kennedy Patricia Kennedy ... Katy Basklain
Bill Kerr ... Dave Welles
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... Bill McMaster
John Lee ... Phillip Stewart
Charles McCallum Charles McCallum ... Matey
Nicole Pyner Nicole Pyner ... Sarah Harper
Jayson Duncan Jayson Duncan ... Dennis Harper
Charles Lathalu Yunipingu Charles Lathalu Yunipingu ... Christopher
Steve Djati Yunipingu Steve Djati Yunipingu ... Sam
Paul Sonkkila ... Joe Reeder


The central character in the show is Stephanie Harper, a rich heiress after her father passes away. As the series starts she has been divorced twice and is marrying Greg Marsden a champion tennis player several years her junior. Everyone except Stephanie can see that he is no good. He has been having an affair with Stephanie's best friend, Jilly Stewart. Whilst on their honeymoon at her family home Eden, Greg pushes Stephanie into a crocodile infested river. Everyone thinks she has perished but luckily she has escaped and is given a new body, face and name by plastic surgeon Dr Dan Marshall. She returns to Sydney as a changed woman, Tara Welles. There she discovers her two children, Dennis and Sarah, going to different boarding schools, and Greg and Jilly carrying on their affair in Stephanie's own mansion in town--but she does not let any of those people see her, nor get in touch with Bill McMaster, the EVP of the mining company she inherited. As this episode ends, she dresses as a ...

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The credits consistently give the name of Olivia Hamnet's recurring character as "Joanna Randall." Yet the set of the company she owns, and the magazine article in Vogue that mentions her, spell her name as "Joanna Randell." See more »


Tara Welles: [VO narrative beginning every episode] My name is Stephanie Harper. And this is Eden. Here my father was king. On the day he died, seventeen years ago, I was twenty-three, lonely and afraid. If I had known then of the nightmare that lay ahead, I think I'd have chosen to die with him.
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27 September 1983 (Australia) See more »

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