'Anyone with money is a god, anywhere. Here, you may be the biggest, vilest, ugliest, moste diseased blackguard in the state, but if there's cash behind you, you're respected.'
John Archibald Cups is a bitter young man. Falsely accused of embezzlement by his banking employers, he's turned against respectable Adelaide, where the hypocrisy of the racecourse rules.
Protected by his false face, false identities, and false fortune, he's racing to out-jockey the hounds of the law.