In the aftermath of World War 2, two returned soldiers try their luck in the outback goldfields of Western Australia. Murder and mystery abound involving tribal aborigines and greedy fortune hunters. The book details the tribal life of the aboriginal people, their black tracking skills and their customs. Police/aboriginal conflict is a highlight of the book.
1885. A ten year old boy is missing. His twin sister encounters a strange old man in the woods near her house. He seems infatuated with her, and displays unusual control over the world around him, over the events to follow in her life.