One lifetime, two battles
It's 1953 and Briar is a dreamer living with his father in Pukekohe, who sends him to a training farm to be "turned into a man." The plan backfires when his arrival awakens feelings in fellow shearer, Aussie.
Tane is the farm foreman and his Maori heritage sets him apart. Briar and Aussie threaten the walls Tane has built around his own past; walls created in the trenches of WW1. Tane is confronted with a choice. He cannot change history but maybe he can help change Briar's future.
Tane's War follows two protagonists, a teenager and an older man who must come to terms with their true nature. Both struggle to find friendship and to create family as they search for companionship and, hopefully love. In old Europe and rural Auckland there are penalties for any man who deviates from what is considered decent and normal. Trusting others who might harbour the same longings could either doom the men, or free them. But at what cost freedom?