Australia -- for some, a promised land where courage forged the future from a savage wilderness. For others, a brutal prison where depravity drove even the best of men to desperate acts in the name of freedom. And for all, a continent so vast that secrets could be hidden, sins forgotten, and fortunes made...if one paid the price of blood and passion. New squatters and pioneers pushed ever onward into the unexplored outback. But those with roots already deep in the dusty soil--the indomitable young Jenny Broome and Colonel William De Lancey--found their fighting spirit urging them toward a different horizon: to defend the British Empire in a distant place of undreamt horror and unimaginable desire.