A good-looking mystery, Summerfield is not unlike an Australian version of Hitchcock’s The Birds in the opening sequences. It starts slowly, introducing the characters while at the same time establishing an undefined menace in the locale – a remote island community off the coast of Victoria.
Nick Tate is the replacement schoolteacher – his successor has disappeared in strange circumstances – and he unravels the intricacies of the local society. The atmosphere is heavy with xenophobic responses by the denizens of the area, and there is a generally overpowering feeling of mendacity and tightly-inbred coverup.
Gradually he picks up clues to what everybody is not talking about. And, of course, once he starts, his curiosity gets the better of him and impetus takes over.