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This easily read but well documented 514-page book is based on the original narratives of men transported to Tasmania for their part in what has become known as the Canadian Rebellion of 1837, or the Patriot War.
The author and illustrator, who researched the story for over twenty years, include excepts from the contemporary narratives, official documents, letters, and log books. The emotional overtones and unforeseen consequences of actions are vividly portrayed in quotes such as Benjamin Wait's:
Illustrations © Seth Colby
"I was hurried away to the iron bound stone cell... My life I had never valued... But, I had never before considered it in connection with the desolation my fate would entail upon my family - or the sad and sorrowful adieus that must be given - the tears and grief of a wife - the bereavement of a dear child - and a separation from the friends of my happy days."