When three brothers, the leaders of a brutal gang, are lured to an isolated street and shot dead by a mysterious stranger, the subsequent euphoria on the estate where they lived is picked up by the national press.
Tom Brown, an MP for the Opposition Party, whose constituency includes the estate, seizes the opportunity to exploit the story.
Having built a reputation as a champion of law and order, he leads the crusade to implement a New Justice Regime with several supporters in tow, including local campaigner George Holland who embarks on a tour of the country to rally support for radical change.
There are those who steadfastly oppose these reforms, one individual being Tom's wife Maggie, a high-profile Human Rights activist.
Their relationship suffers badly during his campaign, a situation which pushes him closer to Grace, his assistant.
When the killer is eventually caught and sentenced to life imprisonment, the gang sets out for revenge, targeting George for his outspoken condemnation of their activities and uncompromising proposals for their demise.
They descend in large numbers on the quiet village where he lives, armed and ready to kill, and the resulting event is dubbed `The Meadow Village Massacre' across the national papers.
Meanwhile, Party Leader Andrew Donald is pursuing his own agenda...
This intriguing novel, the first of the Hotel St Kilda books, contains themes of politics, crime and the military with family drama at its heart, creating a wide appeal for readers both young and old.