Jennifer is in solitary confinement, imprisoned for an undisclosed crime. Denied companionship, made desperate by the cruel tedium of her surroundings, she escapes in to a world of memory and imagination where two stories emerge. Jennifer's is a love story. She has fallen for an easygoing jazz musician called Tom. They meet one Christmas in Scotland and a romantic affair soon sparks into an obsessive and unyielding passion. There is an inexorable link between this and her imprisonment - but what exactly is it? Peggy Maybee, Jennifer's ancestor, was transported for stealing a peacock. That is all that is known about Peggy, but not all that is imagined. For Jennifer conjures a life for her aboard a convict ship bound for Botany Bay. A partial eclipse of the moon used by the captain as inspiration for a sermon triggers a mutiny and, among the chaos of brawling thieves, cut-throats, whores and crew, Peggy makes a bid for freedom.
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