A routine mail delivery into the deepest Australian outback goes frightfully bad when the postman and his attractive passenger become saddled with some most unsavory freight. By the author of Adam's Empire (1987). Nurse Barbara Dean is looking forward to the trek from Adelaide to her new job in Birdsville, a tiny town at the dead end of an almost imaginary road into the heart of Australia. Pushing 30 and bored with the city, she's ready for a bit of adventure. Just a bit, mind you. It seems plenty adventurous when she alights from the train in Maree and meets Fred Crawford, her handsome, macho chauffeur for the last stage of the trip. Fred's going to drive her in his WW II Chevrolet truck as he does the 400-mile mail run over a road that seems to exist only in his mind. The adventure gets entirely too exciting when Ivan, Fred's Russian Ã‰migrÃ‰ assistant, riding on the back of the truck, announces that they have visitors. Hitherto hidden under a pile of tires, Mr. Francis Raymond ""Frog"" Gardiner and Mr. Johnny Parsons have elected to reveal themselves--and announce that they are taking over the mail run. These thoroughly bad men are on the lam from Alice Springs, where they have bludgeoned an innkeeper to death and made off with a small fortune in opals. The indigant Fred Crawford is ordered to get them to Birdsville--where the villains plan to fly far away. Gritty, old-fashioned adventure.