Beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger including her own.
Harriet Dunkley is out on parole and eager to leave the swamp of Canberra politics behind. But, before she can escape, she is ensnared in a cover-up with Catriona Bailey's fingerprints all over it.
Harriet takes up an offer to work for a maverick MP, while Karen Koutoufides uncovers a link between the home explosion and suspicious phone calls between Bailey and the chief of defence.
Prime Minister Garrity discovers the existence of a classified military program. Meanwhile, Harriet learns the truth of Mina's secret criminal activities.
The US Secretary of Defence arrives in the capital for an unscheduled visit. Garrity seeks a private meeting with drone pilot Cal Treloar.
A desperate Cal threatens Harriet, demanding a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Garrity.