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"In the late 1820s, Lizzie Dawson, only sixteen, was forced to be the child bride of a notorious whaler in the remote Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand. There began a living hell. Until she met Matthew, a young Māori preacher, and with love came defiance. Flash forward to today. Bel also sixteen, is sent to a remote farm in the Sounds. Her parents are in the throes of divorce and Bel's turbulent thoughts attract an uneasy force"--Back cover. Story refers to an occupation by Māori relating to the seabed and foreshore issue and includes historical references to Te Rauparaha. Suggested level: secondary.