Skilled swordsman Jeremy Hanwell vows to avenge his father’s murder. Then he falls in love – with a woman who’ll reject him if he performs this sacred duty. Romance rides a thorny trail in an 1830s British Colony. More
Jeremy Hanwell sets out from England to avenge his father’s murder by blackfellas in distant Swan River Colony. Here, Maggie has sworn to protect them. On arrival in The Great Southland of the 1830s, Jeremy’s crusade is frustrated by news that the Governor has negotiated a peace with the hostile Noongar Aborigines. Jeremy's behaviour disrupts a delicate balance between white settlers and the blacks, and Maggie condemns him as a violent fool. Fresh trouble sends Jeremy as a volunteer in a fighting force “to teach the natives a lesson”. Maggie, rides with them as an interpreter, pleading for a non-violent outcome. Instead, there occurs history’s infamous Pinjarra Massacre. Jeremy and Maggie, loving, hating and confused by age-old instincts, are enmeshed in Governor Stirling’s tarnished dream of an Eden for gentryfolk. After Jeremy finds the three men who killed his father, he is himself charged with murder. In this page-turning novel, romance rides a thorny path indeed. John Ivor’s plot twists, based on real events, relive the bloody beginning of Australia’s richest state.