One of Victoria Holt's extra premium (practically two) stories which will keep you on the edge of your easy chair while it peregrinates between England and Australia. There the kookaburras laugh at people -- looking for gold, like Nora's father who died (was killed) in its pursuit, leaving her in the hands of Lynx Herrick, disconcerting and predatory. Like father, Nora finds herself up the creek where there is indeed gold; and like father, like son -- both Lynx and his heir Stirling fall in love with Nora. It is autocratic Lynx who has his way until a widow-maker gets him and then. . . and then. . . and then some.