Burton (Richard Chamberlain) rushes home in a panic. He has sent his wife and children away because he fears the coming flood. A violent storm damages the house as he calls to Charlie (Nandjiwarra Amagula) to show himself. The owl outside the window is Charlie’s totem. Chris (David Gulpilil) arrives to take Burton to a secret place.
David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is a successful Sydney tax lawyer who takes on the defence of five Aboriginal men charged with killing another Aboriginal man. As the city is deluged with rain, Burton recognises that he has seen one of the accused, Chris Lee (David Gulpilil) before – in a recurring dream. Lee and an older Aboriginal man (Nandjiwarra Amagula) refuse to cooperate with the court case because the killing concerns sacred and secret objects belonging to a local tribe. As the weather gets worse, Burton has a premonition of disaster, in which he is to play a key role.