Canberra, November 1975.
Gough Whitlam's Labor government is in crisis. Denied supply by a hostile Senate, distracted by the desperate moves of his wayward cabinet, Whitlam is seemingly confident of prevailing and oblivious to an opposition led plot to overthrow his government.
At the other end of town, Barry Flynn, an ex-cop turned private investigator, is caught up in his own struggle for survival. In a sleepy place like Canberra, there's hardly enough divorce and missing person work to cover the rent.