BornAlor Star, Malaysia
Synopsis of "A Family of Strangers" (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters — updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PMDescription: Kate O'Neal is shipped out in 1793 to Botany Bay to serve her 7-year sentence for castrating her employer's son who had raped and brutalised her. No doubt her employer expects her to die after suffering deprivations and great hardship as many convicts before her did -- whether in the harsh new penal colony that will become known as Australia, or on the year-long voyage to get there. As a 15-year-old and a convict without family or protector, and especially without funds of her own, Kate would surely perish and not heard of again. But Kate is young, not stupid. She is practical too. She gathers around her new friends whom she eventually sees as her "family". With this family as the core of her support, Kate battles the odds to forge a new life for herself and her new family.