The Comfort of Figs is about genesis: of a city, a bridge, a family, and of the Moreton Bay Fig trees which compete with the growing metropolis for survival. Spanning two time-frames, The Comfort of Figs, follows Brisbane tree-planter Robbie O'Hara as his devotion to nature leads him to his Canadian environmental activist girlfriend, Freya. Still Robbie cannot escape his family's expectations of him. Burdened by his father's engineering achievements - begun in the late 1930s during the construction of the iconic steel bridge which straddles the city's river - Robbie battles his father's legacy by planting fig trees across the city. As his obsession consumes him, Robbie confronts not only the truths at the heart of his family story, but learns about the birth of the city itself.
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