Who killed the 'beautiful', 'wealthy', but 'selfish and heartless', Irene Francis? Was it her husband, a 'rich Queenslander', or was it Larry Bannerman, 'handsome young athlete' and 'likely gold-medallist' at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics? Or was it Bannerman’s sister or father, each of whom believed Francis was 'preventing Larry from training'?
The Weekly ran a competition in association with the publication of Neville’s serialised novel. The second prize winner, Mr. F. A. Woods of Queensland, was excited to be attending the Melbourne Olympics because, he predicted: 'There won't be another Olympic contest here for 80 years'.