Melbourne TV journalists Kim Prescott and Jo Trescowthick are on a well-earned holiday, travelling both islands of New Zealand in a motorhome.
But, will they survive a monster storm and a killer on the loose?
Kaikōura Rendezvous is the riveting third book in Stephen Johnson's Melbourne Spotlight series – which includes Tugga's Mob and Boxed – and it finds Kim and Jo on a carefree summer adventure with an idyllic itinerary: whale watching in Kaikōura, mud pools in Rotorua, and the stunning Marlborough Sounds. The leisurely road trip will take them from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, to the tourist mecca of Queenstown in the deep south.
They won’t make it.
TV reporter Kim survived a bullet in the back from a killer, but can’t shake the post trauma stress. It triggers violent reactions. For Jo, the trip is more than a holiday; it’s a chance to confront family demons.
They don’t know they’re driving into a brewing tempest. Cyclone Gita is on a serpentine path of destruction through the tropics that will see her smash into New Zealand.
Debt-ridden South Island fisherman Gordie Tulloch is offered the deal of a lifetime. It’s a chance to start again after a spell in prison. Is it legal? He doesn’t care. All he has to do is survive the storm approaching the Shaky Isles.
Gordie’s unaware there’s another threat to his big payday. His every move is under scrutiny by a Heath Michel, whose own secrets are about to spill into public view.
The cyclone, the motorhome, the fisherman and the watcher all face an unexpected rendezvous – in Kaikōura.