In October 2001, over 400 asylum-seekers departed from Indonesia in a grossly overcrowded, rickety boat bound for Australia. Somewhere between the two countries the boat sank, with a huge loss of life - 353 of the asylum seekers drowned. To what extent was Australia implicated in the sinking of the SIEV X? Which members of the Australian government, defense force and intellegence services had information which could have prevented the disaster? The SIEV X affair has sparked a struggle in Australia between a national security system that has closed ranks and a few courageous individuals who are determined to get at the truth - among whom the most table is the author of this book, Tony Kevin. As he argues in this controversial book, thing less than a full-powers inquiry into the sinking of SIEV X will suffice if Australia is to regain its national hour.