Exactly how much risk would you take to save your brother? For Van Nguyen, the answer was whatever it takes and the devastating consequence of his attempt to traffic heroin from Cambodia to Australia via a change of planes in Singapore was that the 396 grams of drugs that he was discovered carrying was enough to incur the death penalty, 26 times over.
S01:E01 - Lion Block
Twenty-two year old Vietnamese-Australian Van Tuong Nguyen had never had a criminal conviction in his life. Finding his family in serious debt, Van takes it upon himself to fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to traffic heroin on behalf of a drug cartel. He is drawn to visit Vietnam for the first time, the land of his mothers birth.
S01:E02 - Twin Dragons
Van is taken to the Central Narcotics Bureau where his interrogation begins with Ramesh, a bright, young agent eager to obtain Vans signature and admission of guilt. But as the interview proceeds and Van explains his family circumstances to Ramesh, the CNB agent has a change of heart realizing Vans motive in was to help his family pay off debts accrued by his twin brother, Khoa.
S01:E03 - A Lost Lamb
When Kim Nguyen discovers that her son has been imprisoned in Singapore for drug trafficking, she seeks out a lawyer to help him. With no finances and little English, the single mothers only hope lies in Julian McMahon, a Melbourne lawyer with a reputation for working pro bono.
S01:E04 - The Last Dance
Julian and Lex seek clemency from Singapores President to spare their clients life. But their efforts are seriously hindered by Van himself who has declared that he no longer wishes to fight for his life as he is now at peace with his fate. Van eventually has a change of heart when he realises that the nation is behind him the result of a grass roots campaign driven by Kim and Vans closest friends, Kelly, Rachel and Bronwyn.
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