Elle is a beautiful half-cast woman living in a rough mining town in north west queensland, era 1968. She is no timid being, but she has made many enemies. She also has a sort of death wish. She is unafraid of any thing that life throws at her. She drinks, she swears, but has a heart of gold. The men who desire her are from the lower dredges of society. Think of WAKE IN FRIGHT, an Australian novel and you might get a handle on what the novel dishes out.