Arson, murder, sex and hair-raising midnight adventures at a town called Tainuia Junction. It's Friday when the silver-tongued Wes Pennington and his sidekick Cyril Kidman come to town with a trick to play on the local bookmaker. But there's already other skullduggery afoot . . . not to speak of the Te Whakinga Kid, a Zorro nut and the wildest comic ever to ride the ranges.