Becky’s heart froze as the magistrate frowned down at her. “For this offence,” he intoned sternly, “you will be taken to Newgate Prison, this 24th day of December, 1786. You will be held there until your transportation to the proposed new prisoner colony at Botany Bay Australia where you will be detained for a period of seven years.”
Becky’s crime? Stealing a loaf of bread to help feed her five orphaned brothers and sisters.
During her eight-month voyage to Australia aboard the Charlotte, 13-year-old Becky experiences many dramas. Amid them she comes to know marine wife, Hannah, and cheeky, 15-year-old Ben. Their lives become intertwined with those of Australia’s first minister, Reverend Richard Johnson and his wife, Mary. Together they face famine, drought, sickness, despair and job during the first twelve years of Australia’s settlement.
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