When Vaughn Bourke returns home after twenty six years it is to exhume the graves of his family from their farm, Hopelands, and to relocate them to a churchyard in Shangani where they’ll be safe. He leaves behind him a failed life in Australia – his marriage and professional life in tatters. While he knows the farm is under threat of seizure he has no idea of the nightmare that awaits him in a country where violence and anarchy have replaced the idyll he remembers from his childhood. Together with his siblings, Gus and Angela, he begins the arduous task of removing the remains of his forebears from their family soil. But the exhumations soon uncover a terrible event of the past that becomes a prelude to an even greater tragedy in which loss of life and land is the only outcome.