Sentenced to hang at age 9, Maggie's flight from 1830s Scotland incurs a violent odyssey to womanhood. She encounters English gentry sailing to create an Eden in a wilderness at the far end of the world.
Lauded as "a second America", Britain's Swan River Colony is intended to restore class barriers and plantations that were lost with America's independence. But deceit and murder rule instead, and the settlers slaughter the primitive Aborigines of Western Australia and establish a tyranny under a brutal police chief.
Stung to action, Maggie now a young woman crusades for justice in the new land, with alarming consequence. The trouble is she has grown up self-educating herself from books. This self-taught, but incomplete wisdom fuels her actions and the plot.
This report prepared by Charles Bryce