This first episode looks at the John Howard years and the political evolution of the former Prime Minister. His longest-serving Chief of Staff Arthur Sinodinos speaks of the hurdles Howard had to overcome, including a lack of elite connections or a natural charisma which was offset by patience, tenacity and ferocious ambition. Over a punishing 20-year journey towards the Prime Ministership in 1996, it shows the lessons he learned and the strategies he adopted to take power and maximise success. It also examines the Howard record of economic management: the arena he prioritised as the most crucial to power. Exploring his Government's policies of choice provides a better understanding of not just John Howard himself but the impact of his vision on Australia.