A Dry White Affair

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Renata Salazar, the wife of Juan Salazar, a successful wine farmer near Concepcion, Chile, and the manager of the vineyard, Jorge Martinez, are lovers. They murder Juan and make it appear to be suicide, and agree to share Renata’s inheritance as she believes that she’s the sole beneficiary in Juan’s will. But Juan leaves his estate to Renata and his son Pedro in equal shares.
Pedro doesn’t believe that his father committed suicide and hires a woman private detective Sayen Cayancura, to investigate his father’s death. Before becoming a detective Sayen had worked with her father on their vineyard until it was confiscated by the Augusto Pinochet military regime.
Renata wants to sell her share of the vineyard and Pedro wants to continue running the enterprise. Pedro mentions this to Sayen when he hires her and, without consulting Pedro, she approaches Renata and offers to buy her share of the vineyard. On hearing this and believing that Sayen had breached their confidentiality, Pedro cancels his contract with Sayen.
Pedro obtains finance from an American financier Luke Gleeson and buys his mother’s share of the vineyard. Renata moves to Santiago and when Jorge Martinez resigns and leaves the vineyard to join Renata, Pedro in unable to find a suitable replacement other than Sayen, whom he refuses to employ.
In an attempt to drive the vineyard into bankruptcy so that he can repossess it and sell it at a profit, Luke Gleeson hires two men to sabotage the wine production process.
Even though Pedro has cancelled his contract with Sayen, she decides to continue with her investigation into his father’s death.
But can the inexperienced Pedro successfully run a large vineyard and deal with the two thugs bent on destroying him? Only Sayen can help him but he refuses to hire her.
And can Sayen establish the truth about the death of Pedro’s father when the police are satisfied that Juan committed suicide?

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