A family is in conflict over the use of "power". Set in Los Angeles and the Hopi reservation in Arizona, the drama is centered around the conflict over the plunder of Hopi sacred land by family mining interests.
Synopsis:Elizabeth Remington is a well established and successful Hollywood film actress and producer and she and her husband, William, owner of the Remington mines and power companies, live parallel lives in their Bel Air home, each absorbed in their own work. They have a 24 year old son, David, from whom they are estranged, who lives on the Hopi reservation in Arizona with his male Hopi partner, Thomas.
William's power and mining companies are trying to acquire the rights to the mineral rich Hopi sacred lands for development and mining of uranium and coal, but the Hopi themselves are split into the traditionalists and modernists on this issue. The traditionalists oppose the deal, believing development will cause massive unbalance in the natural world, but the modernists want the development and the money that comes with it to take the tribe into the 21st century.
A devastating fire threatens the Remington home in Bel Air, but a Hopi elder appears, redirecting the fire, and persuades Elizabeth to visit David who has asked her to come visit him on the reservation. She hopes for a reconciliation with David, but learns instead that he wants her support for the Hopi traditionalists against her husband and the mining. He wants her to help make a film supporting the Hopi cause. She resists, but becomes deeply involved with the Hope people and their lives, in spite of her reservations, and through a series of circumstances is persuaded to support not only the Hopi traditionalists, but also ends up taking a strong stance against her husband as well.
William, however, is very clever and will not be easily defeated. Thinking that they have won a victory over the mining, when the traditionalists win the vote, David and Elizabeth are surprised when William enlists the aid of the President and a corrupt Senator to overturn their victory.
It is not until Elizabeth uncovers a scandal, involving the bribing of the Senator that could ruin the whole family, that a resolution becomes possible. Is she committed enough to the Hopi cause to sacrifice her marriage and her career for the benefit of these people? William believes not, but is surprised by the simple faith of the Hopi people and the determination of Elizabeth and David.