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Portsmouth, 1832. Once the pride of the British East India fleet, the Veritas has fallen on hard times. She is w a transport ship, her cargo prisoners of the Crown, her destination the penal settlement of Van Diemen's Land, w kwn as Tasmania, the southernmost State of Australia. Pastor Bob Cookson tries to offer solace to the convicts on board, but is shocked to discover that most of them have committed only trivial offences. He suspects a conspiracy to empty British prisons, but finds a more sinister motive at work...
Born in Melbourne, Patricia Shaw worked as a teacher, political journalist and an oral historian, before pursuing a literary career. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide.