Matt Martin is an almost perfect young man. Handsome, gifted and kind, he opposes Australia's entry into World War I, yet impulsively enlists in the army to support his friend, Artie McIver. He is in love with an Aboriginal girl, Sally Wirrun, whose clairvoyant aunty, Mollie, gives him a talisman - a stone with face-like markings on both sides. The power of the stone should keep him safe. But something goes terribly wrong. Ninety-one years later Matt finds himself inhabiting the body of a drug dealer, Damien Hunter, whose character is the antithesis of his own. Not only does he have to cope with the strange life of the twenty-first century, but he apparently has hidden a drug stash, that its owners want returned and that he naturally knows nothing about.