An ancient demon called Kolb is loose in Brisbane, killing street dwellers and stripping their souls. Michael Torrens, one time SAS soldier and Secret Service spy, is brought back from the dead and given the task of destroying the thing that killed him. But Torrens didn’t count on being sent back as a 23 year old obese female university student called Lee Birch. Birch must come to terms with a feminine side she never knew she had as well as find a way to neutralise an enemy with supernatural powers, while attempting to prepare an unfamiliar, unfit body for mortal combat. Torrens as the reborn Lee Birch calls on some old friends, an enviable level of martial arts and linguistic skills and learns that she has, in death, stolen part of the demon’s power. It is a confusing legacy but something that might help sway things in her favour in the final encounter. In tracking down Kolb Birch has to deal with a mother and step-father she’s never met, a part time job, university study, a lot of new friends and a suspicious Queensland Police Sergeant and her colleagues. The conclusion sees Birch track Kolb to the mountains of Kurdistan at the start of the second Gulf War. Old favours from disbelieving past colleagues are called in and she is dropped into the active war zone, linking up with the advance column of Australian SAS strike force soldiers which is cutting a track into the heartland of Iraq for the US military to follow. The demon has gone to ground in a mountain stronghold and Birch and two others from the SAS company are forced to go in to take it out.