A blonde bombshell in stainless steel rocks the corporate world with an explosion when she collides with the nation's most powerful man unleashing the relentless tiger within and with razor-sharp toothed pen sends him into oblivion.
Joanne ("Jo") Pane is the nation's most successful businesswoman, creator and head of the nation's largest stainless steel manufacturing organisation. She’s tough, single-minded, fast-talking, honest and courageous.
John Jacobs is CEO of the Eldon Group and head of the ruling government political party. He exploits government departments, steals, bribes and conceals his criminal works whilst flaunting his power and wealth. Jacobs is feared by all, except Jo.
Jacobs sets about to collude with the four (4) major banks and Pane's lawyers to defraud Jo of her massive wealth - at his peril disregarding the qualities required to achieve her status.
Lawyer Pat Deavin, is holder of the key to the vault of Jo’s empire. He's an addict - addicted to disposing of Jo's wealth as with Jacobs he creates a web of betrayal, lies and deceit handsomely greasing-the-palms of those who require convincing with monies Jacobs has extorted from Jo. Unaware of the dissection of her empire, Jo continues to build signing a 15 year multi-billion dollar Joint-Venture Contract with China which serves as dessert for the criminal raider. It was so easy; 'Greed', is the common denominator. A half-smile as they pass in the First Class Airport Lounge. Jo, oblivious of Jacobs plans to "get her all she's got" which bear, not only fruit, but a whole orchard. Jacobs wants more! His lust for her drives him crazy but greed is paramount. Jo’s assets dispersed by Deavin need to be ‘legalised’. Jacobs leaves no stone unturned - her Legal Team must be bought-off. A Courtroom charade is played out with Jo working in her Barristers' Chambers preparing evidence never intend for the Judge's eyes whilst 'double-dipping' - monies paid by Jo and by Jacobs with Jo's money. The betrayal is well-veiled. A Courtroom drama erupts - fictitious bank accounts, collusion, forgery, lies - a water-tight case sealed with perjury. The Hearing set down for six weeks lasts only a day-and-a- half her criminal legal team never intending to put up a defence. It was ‘time’... time to adduce the three trolley-loads of evidence visible by the Judge. Not one piece is touched - nothing is removed - nothing handed to the Judge - only the words... "That's the case for the Defence!" Two days later, the Judgment said it all: "as no defence has been put before me I am not to choose between one or the other -Judgment for Eldon $26 million". Jo assets are dissolving before her very eyes, Trembling she tells her Junior Barrister "Tell the Judge not to give possession. I'm paying it out!" Shocked, he refuses. "You're not instructing me!" Jo is confused at this statement. Had she not been paying them?... Were they not stating in the Court as her representatives? Reluctantly he succumbs. Jo pays the $26m but Jacobs only releases four (4) properties and Deavin has other deals on-foot. Jo is evicted from her home under police and media presence. She withstands the destructive forces stealing her properties; the freezing of her bank accounts; her company liquidation; now homeless with nothing left to lose, she becomes a femme fatale feared by all. A relentless tiger with razor-sharp-toothed-pen emerges, which slices through them - their blood spilling out across the pages leaving nowhere, for them to turn or hide... no 'out'! Jacobs had guaranteed all, 'protection from prosecution'. Jo names all, exposing their scurrilous deeds in a book. All wanted, "what she's got!" But what she really 'had', could never be theirs. Huge Billboards herald her book's entrée. Jacobs is outraged. "Liquidate bookstores!" - Too late! "I want her dead!" Jacobs found murdered!... leading to a "who-dun-it."
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