Refraction follows Jay Cooper, a successful Brisbane lawyer, raised by foster parents from the young age of eleven.  As a child, the authorities separated him from his mother, after she killed his brother in a freak accident.  Jay returns to his native homeland to bury his estranged mother whom he had not seen for the last thirty years, when an unexpected turn of events finds him hostage to a mad knife-wielding stranger.  The unlikely duo embark on a dangerous journey of redemption that could lead them both to their eventual demise.