Joe Leahy is the half-caste son of one of the first explorers of the Papua New Guinean interior. His relations with the local Ganiga tribe who work his coffee plantation on their land are difficult at times.
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The extraordinary third part of the Highlands Trilogy tells the tragic failure of Joe Leahy who first appeared in "Joe Leahy's Neighbours", a mixed-race coffee plantage owner who desperately tries to maintain his business in Papua New Guinea despite tribal warfare, dumping market sales and protesting workers. The final sequence in which things that have been built up during a lifetime fall apart is truly devastating.