Raised on a property near Minlaton on the Yorke Peninsula, Les Parsons embarked on a lifelong career at sea when he joined the Royal Australian Navy. As a captain of numerous patrol boats, for various government departments, he has worked and currently works throughout the waters of Australia. Dr Samantha Battams is an associate professor and has been a university lecturer, researcher, community development worker, advocate, health service administrator and management consultant. She has published academic articles and book chapters in the fields of public health and global health, social policy and sociology. Her first book, 'The Secret Art of Poisoning', was published in 2019. Samantha lives in Adelaide but has visited Minlaton throughout her life.