Arthur is a worn-out war veteran who w sits on his veranda smoking and coughing his heart out and watching the world go by. He watches as a group of seasonal workers steal goods from his mate Phil's General Store across the road. He informs Phil of the thefts and Phil then employs a friend of Arthur's, a fourteen-year-old girl called Jilly, to keep an eye on the store. The gang kidnaps Jilly from the store and take her to a bush hideout where they beat her, terrorise her and sexually molest her. Arthur mounts his worn-out old mare Blacky, and goes after the criminals, unconcerned for his own welfare. He doesn't care if he dies saving Jilly. His lone crusade leads to a great deal of bloodshed and anguish for himself, Jilly and her family. His mission becomes clouded with more and more difficulties and unexpected twists and turns, finally reaching a bloody and unexpected climax.
Robert Menzies is a retired school principal who now lives at Hope Island on Queensland, Australia's Gold Coast with his wife of thirty-four years, Merilyn. He has a daughter Jacquie, a son Benjamin, a daughter-in-law Natasha and two grandchildren, William and Isabella.