In a remote mountain range in 1970s New Zealand, a bird thought to be long extinct is miraculously rediscovered, and two experienced trampers disappear without a trace. Could these events be linked to the growing racial tension gripping New Zealand society, fuelled by a series of violent highway hold-ups? And what has happened to the gifted young Maori geologist who vanished three years earlier?
A mild-mannered geology lecturer and an accountant with a passion for birdwatching find their orderly lives turned upside-down, as their search for the truth takes them from the comfortable suburbs of Auckland to the rugged and misty heart of the Raukumara Ranges, arguably New Zealand’s last untouched wilderness area. Will they find the answers before it’s too late?