Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte of the Queensland Police arrives at Opal Town on a fine warm September 23rd to enquire into the possible murder of Jeffery Anderson, who disappeared on the 18th of April. His efforts to solve the problem are hampered by many factors. The case is many months old, there is evidence that Bony is being constantly shadowed and that aborigines with blood-and-feather encased feet have him under constant surveillance to make sure he finds out as little as possible. Finally, when it is apparent that Bony will not give up until he finds the body, the reason for the murder, and the murderer himself, Bony has the bone pointed at him. The aborigine and white in him struggle against his dreadful fate and he becomes very ill, gaunt and weak. It seems that this time the bush will win–but Bony, as always, conquers. I think this must be Bony's most hated case, and one of Upfield's best books.