It was the most lethal firestorm in Australia's history and its devastation is still being felt. This is the story of three families in a small Victorian community as they try to recover from Black Friday.
Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James has just bought 100 acres of the Peruvian Amazon... Without even looking at it first. He plans to spend a year photographing the animals on his land, before launching a campaign to protect more of the forest. But it turns out buying a piece of land over the phone isn't such a great idea. Instead of the green heaven he was imagining, he's bought a coca plantation, an illegal logging camp and a few fields of knackered crops. The reality of what he has taken on soon hits home.
Six months on and Charlie's grand scheme lies in ruins. His rainforest turned out to be little more than scrub and a squatter called Elias occupies his land. Having planted some of the land with a crop of manioc, Elias keeps delaying his departure, something Charlie suspects is little more than a cover for illegal logging. With morale at rock bottom, Charlie's wife, Phillipa is flying out from England to raise his spirits and to also see how he's spent their money.
Nine Months on and the project has hit rock-bottom. Unable to secure his land because of a squatter called Elias, Charlie had planned to evict him. But having now met his family and his disabled daughter, Heidi, Charlie is fast learning that any solution must also include this poor peasant family.