Women will love Escape from Injustice and it is a great read for men. It is the story of John Lille’s journey from youth to manhood after the catastrophic loss of his privileged life at an 1850s college in England when he is falsely accused of murdering a classmate. With a trial at the Old Bailey in London imminent, a witness willing to testify against him, and the inevitability of fetid Newgate prison and a grisly hanging, his barrister father formulates an escape plan which lands him on a sailing ship bound for Australia at the time of the great gold rush. The Lady Beverley, a four masted clipper ship fresh from the China tea trade loads a cargo of supplies for the miners, and the voyage of many months isolates him with a small group of passengers and the ship’s crew. He entranced by Bernadette, a beautiful Irish girl who is traveling with her protective mother, and he learns to respect the fundamental honour and the unbreakable bond of mateship between illiterate and uneducated men. His tentative approaches with Bernadette gradually build to a secretive shipboard romance which becomes physical after they land in the burgeoning frontier town of Melbourne. Wagons loaded with gold from the diggings escorted by red coated soldiers roll through the streets, and crowds make way for coaches drawn by galloping horses carrying carousing miners and women dressed in extravagant silks. John and Bernadette become partners with four shipmate friends in a gold mine on the diggings. The story continues through life on the diggings, differing religion, rebellion, injury, cave-ins, death, pregnancy, affluence, bankruptcy, and eventually, marriage, as the flourishing town grows toward a fine provincial city. Though it all John is worried by occasional glimpses of a menacing stranger.