The book is based in Beechworth (a favourite place of mine where I’ve spent several short holidays) a town that has many connections to Kelly. He he was tried in the courthouse and spent time imprisoned in the town jail, as did members of his family, and it was from Beechworth that he was sent to be tried in Melbourne after the famous Glenrowan seige. It was thought that an impartial jury would be impossible to find from around Beechworth because of the strong support he had among many of the local population.
Katherine Grimshaw, known as Kit, is the daughter of a Beechworth banker. She finds herself caught between the town’s different classes, witnessing and recognising some of the injustices and inequalities experienced by many while living a privileged life herself. She finds there are often no easy and glib answers to the difficult issues that arise as she finds herself caught between family and friend.
Once again Ned Kelly doesn’t dominate the book, but his story provides background colour and context as well as inspiring Kit to consider some important questions about life and death in her community.