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From the bleak southern Australian winter to the rainforests of tropical far north Queensland, Aussie baby boomers are on the move in motorhomes and caravans, as they abandon suburbia in droves, and invent new lives on the road. Shattered by her husband’s unexpected death, and fearful of living alone following a spate of home invasions, Vera decides to join them. Meanwhile Jack, a disgraced ex-police detective, now a social outcast with nothing left to lose, leaves prison, the meagre welfare exit grant his only resource.
Furious with her interfering daughters, a disillusioned Vera derails their plan to manoeuvre her into a retirement village. Defiantly, she colours her hair a flaming red, stashes the urn containing her husband’s ashes in the toolbox of the bus they converted to a motorhome, and drives away from the house they shared for thirty-five years, determined to connect with the grey nomadic community, travelling in recreational vehicles.
Divorced by his socialite wife, an embittered Jack is released from Albany prison and turns to his criminal mates for survival. Through a misguided sense of loyalty and obligation Jack soon finds himself trapped in a tangle of deception and must sharpen his wits to stay ahead of the law. As he grapples with prejudice and isolation, he is haunted by memories that compel him to trace his sister’s child, still missing in a harsh adoption system.
When Jack meets Vera in a Gold Coast holiday park, he is captivated by her warmth and sincerity. In spite of their powerful attraction, their vulnerabilities soon create turmoil as each struggles to adapt to the chaos of dislocated family relationships and devastating loss. Now both must strive to forge new lives in what have become dangerously unfamiliar worlds.
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