In the gold-fields district that will be his new home, the young man will enjoy strong friendships, especially among people who are living under the perverted authority of powerful Senior Constable Whithers. One such friend will be Doctor Harold Cheltam, the only man who knows the truth about Whithers’ murder of his former police senior. They must watch each other’s backs, but they are people who enjoy a great gift for humour that adds a special quality to their story.
Whithers will have Dr. Harold tried for a murder that he could not have committed and the Doctor’s daughter sails from London to be with him. Seamus is devising plans to upset the jury’s findings. The trial might have ended badly for Dr.Harold but for the exposure of several jurors who knew more about the murder than the police did. One juror would have a photo of ‘his spirit’ in the newspaper. The court room becomes free-for-all with jurors fighting each other and Seamus. Hellena is arrested for pushing a police officer down the steps of the gallery. The trial fails.
Whithers and his cronies were also active with a fraudulent solicitor Elmo Carlton to defraud Seamus estate inherited from his adoptive Scotish parents.
New friendships are emerging between Hellena and Seamus, and her English chaperone Jesse who is in love with the retiring sea captain. There will be several weddings and great humor when Seamus’ brothers arrive to be ‘encultured’ into new surroundings. But Whithers has not given up. He must discredit the doctor or have him killed in a violent home invasion that captures the whole cast of the story with painful outcomes for some. Whithers tries again and again and plots the kidnap of Dr Harold’s daughter Hellena, by this time Seamus’ love of his life. But the constable's luck is failing him and his desperate attempts lead to his downfall and great violence.
Five little stories meld into the main stream of the novel giving it a wide scope for character development, for drama and humour. Chaperone, Jesse, will marry her sea Captain. The publican's daughter has a problem with one of Seamus' love sick brothers in a lively sequence of great humour.
Seamus friendship with Hellena must be upset by wealthy Constance McAlistar, providing a lively story in its own right. But Seamus now has a badly disabled brother who is more strain on the emotions than most women would choose, except of course, the ever loving Hellena. Will she be rewarded for her love and devotion?