Our story finds its dark shadow in Britain’s most notorious colony, the prison island called Van Diemen’s Land.

It is two hundred or more years ago. A man called the Collector enters an island beneath the known world. He thinks the island savage and formless, festering with bone-idle settlers and resistant natives. The Collector determines to make the island as ordered and ideal as a poem, deciding what should have life and what should not.

But his mission begins to flounder. He needs youth and innocence to redeem the time. He finds the callow Red, future Knight of Holiness; and the beautiful Brit, destined Knight of Chastity. But can their virtues withstand the violence and temptation of Demons Land?