by Patrick White
Young Rosella was abandoned by her father when she was just an infant. After three years in an orphanage, Rosella spent the next thirteen years of her life in a harsh all-girls boarding school. When she learns of her father's whereabouts, Rosella escapes in order to find and confront him. On her travels, Rosella soon finds that the world is a terrible and cruel place, run by monstrous men.