In a New England country town, academic Tom Whishart is struck by an amateur painting in the local art gallery.  It looks just like him. Wishart is a foundling who knows nothing about his parents.

This uncanny resemblance sets him on a quest to discover his origins.

As the search reaches back in time, the turbulent, shadowy lives of Paul Bushell, son of the squattocracy and disgraced Vietnam deserter, and Diana Saunders, vanished Aboriginal sportswoman, come into view and are played out.  Could these be his parents? How and why was he abandoned?

The trail leads to Sydney, Vietnam, Manila and Hong Kong, until the answers are found in an isolated place in the Blue Mountains.