Fires of Fortune : As a Boy, Ben Beckman is sheltered from the harsher aspects of life by his Aborigine mother Diamond, who is all too familiar with the prejudice rife within Brisbane society. He is unaware that his father is the ruthless Ben Buchanan, a prominent figure in the state political scene. Then one appalling night Diamond's life comes to an end. Crazed with grief, Ben vandalizes his neighbor Dr. Thurlwell's mansion - as the doctor refused to tend his mother. Ben's actions are to have tragic consequences . . . Over hard years, Ben's hatred for Dr. Thurlwell deepens. The girl next door is Phoebe Thurlwell, whom Ben has known all his life. When she offers the hand of friendship he is still motivated by his bitter feud with her parents. Phoebe is sent away to a friend's cattle station to remove her from Ben's influence, but he follows. There he comes face to face with the shocking truth about his parentage - and the realization that his own father will be his most dangerous adversary yet . . .