Grief loses a bet to a trio of Americans - two brothers, Brodie and Luke, and Brodie's girlfriend Kat. The payoff is Grief must safely guide them inland on horseback to the rugged countryside where they hope to set up their new home. While protecting them along the way, Grief learns that they had been settlers back in the States, but had been driven off their lands by the railroads and the government. He also becomes a magnet for the voluptuous, flirtatious Kat, creating tension between Grief and the brothers. Meanwhile, in Matavai, Clare has a new beau, a young soldier named Dupre. But she is reticent to throw herself into the relationship, all too aware that a soldier's existence is ephemeral at best. When sent to escort a payroll delivery, our stories collide - Dupre and his soldiers are held up by the Americans, who are holding Grief against his will. Clare refuses to believe Grief was a willing participant, and it strains her blossoming relationship. Grief is able to convince Kat...
10 October 2000 (Australia)
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