Stowaway to Botany Bay
‘I dared not move I was a bread stealer, a chicken feather villain, a salted mutton thief. I guiltily recalled the paper, the ink, the leather pouch I had stolen. And even though I had not intended it so I was a stowaway.’ Julienne roams the fortress tunnels of Brest, France, cold, hungry and knowing only one thing about herself – her name. Soon she must abandon even that remnant of her identity. She becomes Jules, ship’s boy, journeying to Botany Bay and beyond on a voyage of discovery for the glory of France, led by Commander Laperouse. Jules/Julienne sees new and strange things on board the Boussole, but what she would most like to discover is her own history: who is Julienne Fulbert?