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A modern drama, Shee-Oak by Geraldine Star is a testimony to the power of a stranger to undertake a troubled journey through alcohol, pills and romance to help transform a difficult young woman’s life:
Two women share a volatile adventure across the drought- stricken rural Hay Plain to Adelaide for a music festival. The transformative lure of pills, alcohol and romance drives them on with the possibility of a veritable explosion and tragic ending for the women ominous throughout.
Mia, attractive, twenty-five, is an international bohemian, an IT whiz with a passion for archaeology and a self-centred, moody streak; fun and frivolous one minute, withdrawn the next. She’s recovering from a car accident and on a whim leaves Canberra to follow music to Adelaide and pick up a man.
She meets Felicity (Flea), fifty-six, when nature intervenes, and a dust storm blasts them from their comfort zones. Flea, running her farm alone, her kids now adults and overseas, is drinking too much. In the middle of a drought, she welcomes Mia’s company, locks the farmhouse and hits the road to Adelaide to escape and check out Randall. A second chance lover?
Mia’s in free-fall; self-medicating prescription pills to escape psychological and physical pain, she becomes inadvertently hooked. Drama follows her throughout, her interest in Lake Mungo ends with a visit to Mildura hospital. Should Flea wait for her discharge to continue their journey, or take a chance with Randall?
When Mia’s stash of pills is discovered, she flees, takes a dicey pill while dancing and collapses. She turns to Flea to help her recover on the farm.
What are the trade-offs? Who will suffer and who will survive? Flea tries to be compassionate and fair and battles her own jealousies of Randall and the younger woman as Mia recovers. Fireworks abound. The roles are reversed when Flea has an accident and Mia takes the helm. Finally, it’s time for a reluctant Mia to return home.
The power of a stranger’s concern has transformed Mia, but it unleashes a whirlwind of chaos and decision time for Flea. She’s no longer sure of her own choices.
Change is in the wind. Her epiphany strikes. Future decisions will be on her terms, but is there still a chance for her romance with Randall?
*Shee-Oak – double ee represents two women, Oak represents strength, wisdom and healing.
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