Concert promoter Nick Loomis is sent to Sydney by his ex father-in-law and boss Garth Kingswood, and asked to deliver a briefcase to a foreigner. When the man is killed in the airport, Loomis ends up entangled in corporate spying and is forced to fight for his life with the help of Terry McKenna, a woman from Austin working for the Sydney Opera House.
Nuclear war breaks out and the staff and patients of a mental hospital take refuge in an underground bunker and accidentally get locked in. Discipline soon disintegrates and the patients, led by Richard, start to resist authority. Richard devises a scheme for a new social order where the sane will take no part.
The story of nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli pacifist and government employee, who committed an act of treason in 1986 by informing the British press that his country is working on a nuclear bomb.
When British Intelligence, following a series of experiments designed to increase alertness of long-distance lorry drivers through use of tonal repetition, discovers chordation that completely erases all memory, it is obvious that such a cleansed mind may be programmed to perform any type of action. Erstwhile agent Peter Clarke inactive for years, is chosen as courier to transport an audio tape of the tones to his native Australia.
Traumatized by a horrific incident from her childhood, petty criminal Nikki picks up lonely businessmen and robs them with the help of her faithful boyfriend, Al. After one of their marks accidentally ends up dead, the couple discovers he was in possession of a videotape that shows football legend Zipper Doyle committing sex crimes. Soon the lovers are being chased through the Australian outback by both Zipper and the police.
Wallace is a Melbourne taxi driver who lives in a block of run-down small apartments in St Kilda on the bay. When not driving his cab, he makes apple cider and broods about his past.
Joan Enderby is about to lose her family’s sheep station, because she can’t afford to buy out the lease from the Sherringtons, who run the neighbouring station, Waratah. Old ‘Ironbark’ Sherrington returns after two years in London, where doctors have tried to save his sight. While away, his villainous son Clive has conspired with his overseer, Fletcher to bankrupt Enderby station.
When greed threatens the livelihood of an Italian monastery, a monk flees with the formula for their special liquor.