Australian police officers Trevor Darling (David Argue) and Nikki Iceton (Gia Carides) have to escort Kath (newcomer Lydia Miller), a young Aboriginal woman, from Sydney to a small town in the NSW outback to stand trial for the murder of a publican who tried to rape her.
Trevor is a disgraced detective who has been demoted for shooting an Aboriginal youth during a drugs bust, while Nikki – the well-bred daughter of a barrister who is herself studying for a law degree – is a new recruit who thinks Trevor is a racist.
They become stranded in the desert when Trevor decides to take a shortcut along a dirt track.
They are forced to abandon their car when the tyres go flat and find shelter in a ramshackle sheep shack.
Kath saves them with her bush skills, and by the time they are rescued, both Nikki and Trevor believe Kath is innocent and are determined to find the proof.
Trevor and Nikki help convict the publican’s wife for the murder of her husband, and Kath is released.
But in a surprise (and fairly gratuitous) ending, Trevor is ambushed by an Aboriginal man and speared to death in revenge for the death of the man’s son – the youth who the cop had shot in the drugs raid.
It’s a very low-budget film, and most of the dialogue is improvised, making some of the scenes awkward and unconvincing.
Constable Trevor Darling
Constable Nikki Iceton