The bestselling author of the Sea of Freedom Trilogy returns with a sweeping family saga of two women in nineteenth-century New Zealand and their epic journey to survive in a world of their own making.
It's 1837, and immigrating to a small New Zealand fishing village is an opportunity for Ida Lange's family to build a better future. Yet for Ida, raised in a strict, religious, tight-knit German community, so much is still forbidden to a woman. Yearning for the poor day labourer she shared books with as a child, Ida is now trapped in a dire marriage to a man of her father's choosing.
For Cat, who came of age in New Zealand under brutal conditions, life in the colonies hasn't been easy. Through a strange turn of events, she is adopted by a native Maori tribe, and she begins to thrive. But when she challenges the traditions of her tribe, she's banished, and left once again to rely on the only person she can trust with her future: herself. When fate brings Ida and Cat together, they recognise in each other a kindred spirit.
Out of common ground grows an enduring friendship that will not be broken by the hardships of the plains, threats from the past, or the trials of family and heartache. What they'll discover is the depth of their own strength and resilience as they get nearer to the freedom they desire and demand. And their journey is just beginning.