WHEN 15-year-old Anne Carson is abducted her wealthy family call in Frank Calder to hand over the ransom money with no questions asked.

Calder, a former soldier and ex-hostage negotiator with a chequered past, wants them to call in the police but they refuse. Ten years previously, police bungled another kidnapping suffered by the family and almost caused the death of a child.

Calder goes along with their request but begins a discreet investigation that discovers the missing girl is a beautiful wild child and the family have dark secrets they would prefer to remain hidden.

Are the two kidnappings, 10 years apart, connected? Can he save the girl?

Another top class thriller from the multi award winning Australian writer.