John Dale grew up in Tasmania, having been born in Sydney. He has since returned to Sydney and worked in the Attorney General's Department, taught writing at university and worked as a doorman.
Jack Buturow, employed as a bouncer in a Sydney casino, is hiding from his former life. Despite himself, he becomes involved in the investigation of the death of a friend. During his quest, he confronts Vietnamese gangsters, corrupt cops, psychotic bikers - and a woman whose life mirrors his own.