Trevor Grierson, a Scottish university lecturer, is spending a term in Canberra. Then he receives a garbled phone call from a stranger, claiming knowledge of Trevor's brother Norman who vanished in Australia many years ago. Apparently Norman has become an alcoholic and is in trouble with the police. Trevor sets on out the search: government offices, police stations, doss houses, the Salvation Army. Why does Trevor feel compelled to search? Is he his brother's keeper? Does he care or is he acting from a sense of duty? Jacket design by Pat Doyle.