I Loved this book, Amanda is wandering around unable to find her way home in the fog and ends up near the docks where she is mistaken for a prostitute. Two "Gentlemen" buy her services for a farewell present for their friend who is leaving for the American Colonies. Unable to persuade them that she is not that sort of girl they usher her into a room to await Tony Brandt. Rather into his cups he doesn't quite realise that she is a virgin.
Her mother is frantic with worry and is ill of health, Amanda steal a loaf of bread to feed herself and her mother but gets caughts and ends up on a convict ship headed to the Amercan Colonies.
Once there Tony Brandt buys her not realising that this was the girl he made love to before he left for the colonies but Amanda recognises him immediatley.
Letty, Tony's mistress takes an instant dislike to her and causes trouble from the start, the things she does is pure evil. Sometimes i hated Tony for the way he treated Amanda and wished she would fall in love with Tony's plantation overseer Nathan who dearly loved Amanda.
This story has it all Love, Hatred, Jealousy, it wrung all emotions from me some parts of the book i had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat for what Amanda was put through, some people may think it's a bit far fetched, but this and probably a lot worse happend to women convicts in this era.