Late January 1985 Dame Kiri is launching Vukovich Sauvignon
Blanc on the Sydney Opera House steps with major shareholders
the Delaney family present. The American nuclear warship the
Buchanan is in harbour for ANZUS exercises and protesters are out
in force, among them Ali Delaney and her American boyfriend.
Detective Sergeant Maria Pikowai, née Delaney, is in town as
protection detail for New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
secretly meeting his Australian counterpart Bob Hawke in the
Sydney Hilton hotel. DS Pikowai joins Australian and American
security forces confronting plots to sink the warship, kidnap Lange
and destroy the ANZUS accord. Then there are the Delaney family
problems damned and potentially redeemed by the convict stain.