Tasman—an Innocent Convict’s Struggle for Freedom captures the reader’s interest with far more than a tale of adventure. It chronicles Ean McClaud’s desperate bid for survival and exoneration against overwhelming odds. The young Irish lad, falsely accused of stealing a handkerchief in 1850 England, finds himself enslaved on a prison vessel sailing to the brutal penal colony in Port Arthur, Tasmania, to face a three-year sentence at hard labor.
On the six-month voyage, he and two other convicts vow to support one another through their years of imprisonment, but penitentiary life separates them. Alone, Ean toils under a load of arduous physical labor, all the while professing his innocence. His bunkmate, a lifer who has learned prison survival the hard way, urges him to keep his head down, shut his mouth, and do his time. Not one to listen to advice and frantic to get his life back and return to his beloved Fiona in England, he hatches an ingenious escape plan. Will he gain the freedom he craves, or will he face life imprisonment or worse when his plan fails? This fast-paced story will keep you engrossed all the way to its shocking end.
Though based on historical facts, Eger uses her imagination to take us inside Ean’s mind as he struggles to survive. Follow his journey from England to Port Arthur. Discover the future his actions carve out for him in this infamous land of no return.