Winter winds and waves storming from the Southern Ocean have battered the South Australian coast for weeks, forcing frustrated abalone divers to weather the storms with the mundane world of home chores, hobbies, footy, music and the pub.
A rare fine day sees the divers up with the dawn, to make the most of the opportunity to fill their quotas.
The abalone game has always been a man's world... except for the Bichard Girls; Nicole and Amanda. They use the money earned shelling for their father Rex, to get them through accounting and architecture schools respectively. Keeping it in the family their Uncle Darryl is the diver for the Bichard crew. Despite the huge risks they know the rewards at a prime habitat for abalone can be massive. They decide to take a gamble on an old abalone bed despite Daryl coming face to face with a Great White shark in the same spot only weeks earlier.
At 73-years-old, Neil Williams is a legend in the abalone game. He still dives a quota and his hair-raising stories of narrow escapes and near death experiences are a caution to all rookie divers, only if they take his advice. But with experience comes calculated risk as he hunts abalone in some of the most treacherous rocky coastlines, and tight crevices where other divers wouldn't venture. It can mean fat abalone with even fatter rewards but it means his crewmate Chewy struggles to keep the boat and Neil's airline off the rocks.
Meanwhile, the boss' son Jay, who now shares the diving - and the pay - with Dom, has joined Skin and the Dominator! The Dominator feels the pressure on his pay packet and his young family. Skin's caught in the middle and attempts to keep this crew from falling apart. Worst still, it looks like poachers have ravaged one of their secret abalone beds.
In the world of the professional abalone diver, it's an unceasing battle with the elements and as the Winter cease-fire ends, the Spring offensive begins.
Howard Rodd's, young sons are stepping up: Dene makes his first professional abalone dive, trained by his excitable older brother Neil. The very real risks that saw their father lose two crew members over his career are in the forefront of these young minds as they dive together into the precarious depths of the abalone beds.
Further up the coast the Craig boys also keep it in the family. Twins Tobias and Tyrone shell for big brother Ben, also recovering from the shock of a recent shark encounter.
Desperate to make a better go of it, Dominic "the Dominator" has ruffled a few feathers by joining a new team with better prospects... but his engine blows up. With the pressure on to fill a giant order of live abalone in just a few days he borrows a boat once belonging to a fallen friend, and it's a move that will make or break him.
Meanwhile shady characters connected to the world of organised crime are still illegally depleting the stocks of abalone and the local fisheries patrol officers continue their year-long war with unscrupulous abalone poachers.
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