When Adelaide is rocked by an earthquake, one is left more shaken than David Burrows, an engineer in a recently completed apartment building that suffers severe structural damage and collapses, leaving 26 people dead and countless injured. The building should never have collapsed and sparks a furore of condemnation by the press and public alike. Then David receives an alarming phone call from Alice Springs where the steel used in the construction was manufactured. The race is on across the country to uncover the truth. As the plot unravels we learn that the failure of the structure is the result of something far more sinister. The mine that supplied the ore for processing will soon be worthless. The truth would scuttle a highly lucrative sale to the Chinese and those involved in the cover-up are fearful that David will uncover the mine's demise and hire Mick Venter, a ruthless freelance mercenary, to take care of the problem. Fate intervenes when David unwittingly enlists Mick to help him search for the missing proof. The scene is set for a climactic ending in an abandoned mine deep in the outback.The story brings a healing of fractured relationships and takes us from Adelaide to Hong Kong to Alice Springs, highlighting the lengths people will go to in order to covet their vested interests and how morals can become clouded by greed.