opens on a melancholy DS Harry Anglesea who arrives back in Auckland from
bereavement leave in Samoa to try and solve a brutal and pointless homicide
committed by a young Samoan high on “P” - a drug currently infesting the city
Harry’s return comes with a ‘mask of denial’: he is emotionally blocked by his
wife Sina’s unexpected death and hasn’t a clue how to properly deal with it -
or with his grieving teenage daughter, Mele, who needs his affection more than
ever and misguidedly sees her father as “the cavalry coming to the rescue”.
Despite insisting to the world that all is well, Sina’s death takes such a toll
on Harry (pain, grief, guilt) it forces him into a downwards spiral of
drinking, sleepless nights and ever-increasing anger – an anger which will
threaten the closest relationships around him.
Forced by police policy to undergo regular counselling sessions, Harry meets
another obstacle in the form of psychiatrist, Dr. Boucher, who sees through
Harry’s carefully constructed façade and refuses him a full operational
Compounding his troubles is the pressure at work. The pursuit of the murderers
unexpectedly leads Harry and the Major Crime team to the door of a vicious
motorcycle gang about to undertake the biggest importation of Contact NT (the
precursor for making P) the city has ever seen.
The certainties in Harry’s world further erode when Professional Standards aggressively
pursues him for police brutality – and at the same time the growing tension
between father and daughter becomes too much…
Mele provokes him one time too many, Harry snaps – only to discover the
consequences of his anger may become the ultimate tragedy in his life