The bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in 1942 was Australia's Pearl Harbor. Faith and her brother Joe escape the devastation and chaos aboard Joe's island trading ketch, Faraway, along with Joe's lifelong friend Koko, an Australian born Japanese, fleeing internment. They are soon separated by the fortunes of war and face their own personal battles against espionage and injustice.
In the year 1970, a Mexican truck driver transporting illegal migrants into the United States is shot dead in Arizona by a U.S. Border Patrol officer. Thirty years later after an airline crash, Hope Lacy, a high profile television current affairs presenter from a prominent Chicago family, discovers that her entire privileged life has been a lie, that the woman she always believed to be her mother was not her mother at all.
"Predictable but well done."
The early wealth of Queensland depended on slavery, known in Australia as Blackbirding. South Sea islanders were tricked or forced aboard slave ships, then sold to the highest bidder and forced to cut cane on the northern sugar plantations. Beautiful young Kiri, destined for slavery, is rescued from her fate by half-breed Ben Luk, a prospector who plans to become a respectable businessman in Brisbane after aquiring wealth in the Palmer River goldfields. However, racial predudice runs high in the colony and Ben and Kiri make ruthless, unforgiving enemies who will stop at nothing to bring them down.
The search for the legendary Great South Land began in 1557 when Alvaro de Mendana led the first Spanish voyage of exploration deep into the uncharted waters of the South Pacific. In his wake came the English corsairs, Francis Drake and the bloodthirsty Thomas Cavendish, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth to seek out Terra Australis and plunder Spanish interests anywhere in the world. Then came the Dutch and the Portuguese but Terra Australis eludes them all. Tumara and Naomi are the Children of the Sun, the last of a tribe of South Sea Islanders, forced to flee their idyllic island home by European encroachment into the Pacific.
In the cutthroat pharmaceutical industry, two rival American companies race to be the first to register patents for a vacine for malaria worth billions of dollars. When drug company employee Paula Martin suspects vital research has been stolen from her company by a rival firm owned by the man she holds responsible for her father's suspicious death, she becomes embroiled in the dark, dangerous world of corporate espionage where the high stakes quickly escalate out of control.
While resisting eviction from the Queensland family property during the Great Depression, Jack McKenna is shot dead. Left destitute with her crippled mother and young twin brothers to care for, Emma McKenna fights back. In her struggle to survive she must overcome ruthless wealthy relatives, racial bigotry, child abuse, corrupt financiers, and choose between the love of two very different men.
Lance Delano, a ruthless millionaire businessman loses everything in the dotcom crash, except for an interest in a small, cash strapped oilwell drilling company owned by Montana wildcatter Jeff Bishop, who has just discovered a vast new oilfield in the Canadian wilderness. Delano leaves Bishop in the wilds to freeze to death in order to steal his company. Black Dog Running, a member of a lost tribe of Indians living high in the Rocky Mountains finds Bishop unconscious and near death.
1873: A landslide at a diamond mine in Africa leaves an autocratic British army major, Spencer Shackerly, badly injured and in a deep coma. He awakens to find himself a helpless cripple and his military career over. Holding Lieutenant Jeffrey Guest responsible for his plight, he is determined to have the young officer face a court martial. Jeffrey Guest has since returned to England, planning to marry his childhood sweetheart. On his wedding day he is blamed for the death of a soldier when the army attempts to arrest him. But aided by family and friends he manages to flee the country. So begins a relentless worldwide manhunt.