In 1814, the war being raged on the seas of the Indian Ocean by the all-powerful Franco-British naval forces trying to dominate the lucrative trade routes to India, had ended with a truce. At the stroke of a pen, far away in the city of Paris, the exotic, tropical islands of the Seychelles became a British colony. Forged from their French descendants and African slave roots, and moulded by their new British rulers, a small nation had emerged.
It is July 1912 on the island of Mahe, and Anna Savy has just turned sixteen. Anna is a
passionate, nature-loving and rebellious young woman at a time when women are confined
to specific roles and expectations, and customs and tradition prevail with reverence . . .