After Rashiq's father fled Iran, he was held in detention in Australia for six years. It then took another three years for the family to be granted visas. Rashiq, being the oldest of four children bore much of the responsibility of raising the family during the separation from his father. Now as a teenager, recently arrived in Australia, he is determined to define and live a freedom that he has been unable to experience before.
It's nearly the end of Term 1 at Bradfield College. It's also the end for Lisa and Ryan, the class lovebirds, who break up; and also for the class's much-loved English teacher, Matt Anderson, who quits.