Peace and Goodness
by Paul Maunder
In New Zealand in 1861, the government mail ship runs aground on the shores of a province involved in the land wars. The passengers who include a French nun, members of parliament, prostitutes, and a colonel from the Indian army are rescued and taken hostage by the Maori. This leads to the rising of a local prophet who preaches peace and love. The nun responds and a picaresque journey begins.