This two-part miniseries is set in an 1980s Auckland of mirror glass and murderous corporate conspiracy. Brit James Faulkner (later Uncle Geoffrey in Bridget Jones's Diary) plays a shady developer with a smash and burn approach to urban planning. Blocking his utopian waterfront scheme is a cafe. The inheritors of the cafe — and a racehorse — are two feisty femmes: working class Tammy (Annie Whittle), and art consultant Joanna (Miranda Harcourt). The Shadow Trader marked an early producing credit for Finola Dwyer (An Education).