Life on the island is rocked by a sudden and cruel death. Giddy, the son of the island's cop Mick, drowns at sea while attempting to bring contraband alcohol onto the island.
The Island Chairman, Russ Gaibui, is enraged by the system that entices islanders to behave like delinquents.
Russ ensures Giddy's death wasn't in vain by proposing to overturn the ban on alcohol and establish a wet canteen. Russ's daughter Nancy leads the opposition to the plan, saying it would be a disaster. Russ gets Helen on his side, Nancy is furious, accusing Helen of being bought out by promised funds for a new clinic, their friendship feels the strain.
Russ makes subtle, refined, even flattering moves towards Helen, who knows that if she acts on her feelings she will lose the trust of everyone on the island, including the influential female elders. Helen would also be betraying Russ's wife, Ina, whom Helen admires. Helen considers her professional position; she must guide Russ through a health crisis. However much Helen feels herself drawn to this charasmatic and powerful man, it is all too impossible.moreless