Water is so essential to life that we cannot survive without it for more than three days. But it s limited. Parched takes a character-driven and investigative approach to find out who really controls water around the world. We follow the trail of powerful water moguls in drought-plagued California and beyond, as they take over precious water resources in shady backroom deals. We investigate how billion-dollar industries use money and manipulation in exchange for a free pass to poison our waterways and precious underground reserves. We expose the mega-banks who are buying up and cashing in on water as they create a budding new industry benefiting an elite few. We reveal alarming near-future scenarios as water wars become a reality, and countries stake their claim on the next freshwater frontiers: Antarctica and Greenland.