Tortured, murdered … the bodies of the Richardsons hang from a tree deep in the forests of the Blue Mountains.
Unaware of the couple's fate, Verity Burne researches their puzzling background for an exposé TV show
With local police stymied, former Scotland Yard Commander, Nicholas Adams and his team, are called in. Recruited from London after losing his family in the Food Riots of 2064, Adams finds Australia scientifically advanced, though the price paid is monitoring by the central computer BigSys and the pervasive eyes of cameras that cover so much of the country. Petty crime may be obsolete but people will always find ways to commit murder.
But it will take more deaths before the links between eight murders are recognised, links that lead to the discovery of past injustices and a thirst for bloody vengeance. And Nick will need Verity's expertise to help unravel the twisted mind of a clever killer.
This is Australia of 2067, an oasis in a world which has barely survived climate change, terrorism and food wars. Our future? Perhaps.