July 1839, without the knowledge of the English Government, the ship Tory, stealthily departed Plymouth, determined to reach New Zealand with the utmost speed. The objective, to purchase millions of acres of lands at the lowest possible price and then build the perfect society. The New Zealand Company called the fi rst settlement Britannia, a civilisation without the shortcomings and failings of a troubled English culture. On board the Tory, a young Scottish couple indentured to the New Zealand Company are excited at the prospect of beginning a new life, Britannia is the Utopia they've been promised. This is the story of adversity, the struggle to survive in the hardships of a new colony, and their fi ght to preserve morality and integrity in the face of greed, deception and injustice. For Andrew and Eleanor Stewart they must fi rst battle the environment - they now live in fear for their lives. On arriving in New Zealand, colonists and settlers discover it isn't as advertised, and far from the paradise they were promised. The New Zealand Company show no restraint as surveyors measure, plot and divide, while disregarding mounting claims of illegally purchased lands and fraudulently obtained deeds. Underestimating the Maori people, the Company test their patience, how much more can Maori withstand before they fi nally take action and rebel? Befriended and aided by formidable Maori chiefs, the Stewart's question their own beliefs and values as they discover what lengths powerful men will go to satisfy their greed and lust for land. Caught between the loyalty to their employer, and helping Maori, Andrew and Eleanor encounter schemers and murderers, as they challenge the powerful New Zealand Company and the men who govern. Using violence, and intimidation, one man can destroy it all, and threatens to topple everything - who will survive? Accurately researched, this is a story of honour and integrity, and highlights an often-misunderstood dark passage in New Zealand's early colonial history.
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|Size: ||2.8 MB|
|Publisher: ||Lang Book Publishing, Limited|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9780994128942 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|