Light edge wear on book and DJ, front flap creased ; DJ in Mylar,
unclipped. A bright solid, book ; 666 pages; "Ikey Solomon is in the
business of thieving and he's very good at it. Ikey's partner in crime is
his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them.
They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving
nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.
In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of
brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But
her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The
two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other
bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are
brought to the edge of disaster."