'This is the story of a man who shot his wife's lover and thus created a memory which wrecked his own life. It is a strong and strangely compelling tale full of vivid de-scriptions and graphic pictures. Arnold Dudley loved his wife and killed the man who stole her from him. Hunted by justice, pursued by bitter remorse, he fled to a stretch of beach on the Australian coast and lived in utter loneliness. When almost driven to mad-ness by the solitude, he meets two women, who strive with splendid sacrifice to re build his broken life. They fail; and it is left for fate to provide the great opportunity for expiation' (Cover blurb 1930 edition).