When Indigenous woman Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman) gains national acclaim for her heroism against a rampaging gunman, Australia’s embattled prime minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths) sees a publicity goldmine and handpicks Alex for the Senate. But Alex wants to be more than just a political stunt, and when Rachel betrays her, Alex seeks revenge that will upend the political establishment. "Spellbinding... ambitious series filled with heart and wit” —The Wall Street Journal.
A charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman – stands up to a gunman on a domestic violence rampage, the footage of her heroism goes viral. Amid the acclaim, the Government of the day reaches out with a surprising offer – they want Alex to take up a seat in the Senate, figuring that her popularity will help them in the polls.
Alex proves her worth to the Government when a dispute escalates between China and the US over influence in the Pacific, and the Government is faced with an urgent demand to site new US bases on native title land. Alex sets out to broker a deal between the Aboriginal communities and the Government, and she manages to come through, promising generous royalties and self-determination to the communities whose land is in question.
Alex works around the clock trying to get the necessary amendments before the Senate, and is given some surprising help by Laurie, the leader of the Opposition. Meanwhile the PM faces down opposition from the right wing of the Party who see this as pandering to special interests.
Alex is struck low by grief and the knowledge that the PM has betrayed her and the community. She struggles with the fact that she’s let down her family and her people, and her attempts to drink the pain away end in humiliation.
Alex and the PM embark on a game of political cat and mouse. Neither trusts the other now. The PM still needs Alex’s vote in the Senate, and she plays on the former friendship between the two of them to try to keep her in line. JC is wanted by the Police and she panics and runs when a foot patrol approaches. The resulting chase ends in tragedy.
After unseating the PM, Alex faces her biggest challenge yet: the people who are ready to vote.
Alex returns home, determined to get her grassroots campaign off the ground and faces off with Rachel on live television.
Alex’s success on the campaign trail has caught the attention of popular incumbent Jack Ramsay, and he’s not going down without a fight.
It’s the day of the election and Alex and her team make a final push to win over the voters of Freeman, but a family emergency sends the campaign into chaos.
The high stakes horse-trading begins in Canberra as Alex and a small group of Independents meet to decide the future of the nation.