turnerpage edited the summary of Revolution Earth Thursday, October 18, 2012.
An indigenous elder stamps on mud seeping from the dry Australian outback.
A sunny London lunchtime is punctuated by a casual act of violence that will ricochet across three continents. Cycle courier rider, Jonie, is racing through the cluttered Soho streets at 25 miles an hour when an SUV rams into her. Cara, Jonie’s soul-mate, is bantering nearby with rookie copper, Stephen Conner when she gets a call from her boss, wheel-chair bound Tariq – telling her that a rider is down. Cara and Stephen race to the accident scene, where they find Jonie dead.
In a PR office in the West End, Ginny is listening to one of her colleagues screw up an important presentation. Big Oil PR boss Greg Palmer storms out of the meeting, and Ginny witnesses him knocking a traffic warden to the ground before driving off in his SUV. Choosing her career, she decides not to call the cops.
It's Greg Palmer who, still angry, sideswipes Jonie and leaves her body in the road. Leaning on the foreman of the jury secures a Not Guilty verdict. Cara howls at the injustice. She flees to New Zealand to seek out the community that Jonie spoke of so fondly. Only Tariq, her boss, and Stephen — now a trainee detective — wonder why.
After travelling halfway across the world, Cara is rejected by Jonie’s mother, befriended by old George, who teaches her to sail, and charmed by Jonie’s friends and their idealistic lifestyle in a hippy commune. The commune is a front for a radical green group and Cara finds she can channel her grief and anger into a new cause. But first she has to prove to Cliff, their charismatic leader, that she is up to the job, vandalizing a boat overfishing endangered shellfish, then joining in a night raid on a battery chicken farm. In the process she makes an enemy in the commune, Ken.
Back in London, Tariq and Stephen, now good mates, become increasingly worried about Cara’s silence. Tariq goads Stephen into tracking her down and although it’s career suicide, he feels he has no choice but to try to find her.
The green group’s ambitions grow with each successful raid, and they choose ever more risky escapades. Their plan to target illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean sees them go head-to-head with a crew from Argentina in the Roaring Forties. Her mentor, George, is lost at sea, and Cara suffers from a version of the same post-traumatic stress that plagued the Argentine captain.
In London, Ginny is recruited by Palmer to go to Antarctica to film a car ad. She travels via New Zealand and is tailed by Stephen, who has travelled to Christchurch to track down Cara, only to find that he is one step behind her. Ginny and Stephen embark on a passionate affair.
Stephen watches Ginny and Palmer leave for the ice with enough heavy-duty equipment to invade a small country. Whatever Palmer is up to involves a lot more than shooting a commercial. Soon Stephen has the satellite footage to prove that Palmer is hiding a major environmental disaster and Ginny has been hired to keep the world’s media away. In Antarctica, Ginny is warned to toe the corporate line by hard-bitten French-Canadian security head, Jean-Louis.
During her convalescence, Cara sees Palmer, the man who killed Jonie, boasting on television about his oil company’s latest success. Cara’s determination to confront Palmer turns into a personal crusade. What she doesn’t know is that she has a sworn enemy in the group, Ken, who had a hand in George’s death at sea. Now he wants Cara dead. He chooses to strike on a lonely mountain road in the wilds of Tasmania. Narrowly escaping, Cara discovers her ability as a leader.
She plans a daring stunt at a major oil refinery in Australia where Palmer has based himself. Newly empowered, the only way she can get her revenge is to lead a raid on his headquarters.
Stephen catches up with Cara in Australia, but doesn’t seem to recognise the person she has become. He tries valiantly to extract her from the group but is pushed away. He reports back to a frantic Tariq. All Stephen can do is keep tabs on Cara from a distance, and try to keep Ginny out of the brewing storm.
The ecoteurs plan their raid on the refinery down to the last detail. Cara and her colleague pose as cleaners and recce the venue. They are spotted by the Head of Security, who has been brought up from Antarctica, Jean-Louis.
Stephen follows Ginny to Victoria, Australia, where she’s now working at the refinery HQ. Ginny confesses to Stephen that she witnessed Palmer assault the traffic warden and did nothing about it.
The stunt at the refinery is a stand-off with the security forces as the waiting press look on. But while Cara is distracting the world’s media, Cliff, the head of the ecoteurs, is planning a suicide attack. Only Stephen knows that Cara is being set up. In the final moments before the place is evacuated and the whole thing blows up, Stephen pulls Cara away. Palmer, Ginny, Stephen, Jean-Louis, and Cara flee the carnage in a helicopter.
Much to Palmer’s fury, Jean-Louis chooses not to hand Cara over to the authorities but to allow her to escape quietly. She heads to the remote Northern Territory. Even there, she is spotted by those who want to silence her for good.
In the outback, Cara finds that the ‘mud’ encountered by the Aboriginal elder is yellowcake, the raw material for the nuclear industry. When she discovers a vast uranium mine, she comes to the awful realisation that the target she cared so passionately about has simply moved.
On his return to London, a triumphant Greg Palmer spins his next global PR energy strategy.