Will Bastion (Temuera Morrison), returns from 20 years service in the New Zealand Army to Raukura, his hometown, to face the biggest challenge of his life. His father has died, leaving a sacred greenstone patu, the symbol of leadership, to him. He doesnt want it, believing it represents the violence he has turned his back on. His uncertainty is seized upon by the charismatic firebrand, Kahu, Will’s younger brother and rebel leader of the tribe. Matters are further complicated by the arrival of Will’s 17-year-old daughter, Ripeka, who is brimming with her own brand of rebellion. Openly flouting the government through their radical separatist views and dope-growing empire, Kahu and his cult have either seduced or intimidated everyone in the village.Will having seen real war cannot tolerate Kahus violence. The stage is set for a showdown, pitting brother against brother as the forces of tradition, government authority and tribe pride, all collides in an action-packed saga of loyalty, betrayal and love.