In a Steampunk version of the past, Amelia lives in the time of Queen Victoria. Her father is the governor of Delaware. All the inhabitants of Delaware are free. After the American Revolution the government abolished slavery. Automatons perform most of the manual labor and act as household servants. The people of the Delaware work happily together regardless of their nationality or sexual preference. In England, however, slavery is legal and they arrest anyone suspected of being gay.
Amelia’s father informs her that she must attend a dinner for the representative of Queen Victoria. Amelia must wear a dress for the event and she is not happy about it. Her only comfort that her best friend, Two-Spirit, will also be there. When the Queen’s representative arrives a troupe of beautifully dressed slaves accompany him. One of the slaves catches Amelia’s eye. Amelia cannot remember ever seeing a woman as beautiful as the slave.
Before Amelia can act on her desire, the guest of honor informs everyone that Queen Victoria wants to repair the mistakes made by past British rulers when they allowed the colonies to obtain their freedom. The Queen plans to restore British rule. If the people of the United States refuse to accept her mandate, he informs them, it will mean a declaration of war. The people are furious. They will never allow the British to regain control of the country and destroy all they worked to achieve.
Amelia soon learns that a fleet of British war ships waits for the orders to squash any sign of resistance. Instead of giving up her freedom, Amelia wants to free all the British slaves, specifically the beautiful woman she desires. Amelia offers freedom to the slaves if they will help the people of Delaware destroy the British fleet. To gain their freedom, the slaves agree to risk their lives. Can Amelia and her small band of rebels keep the British fleet from taking over Delaware?
Kim Flowers mixes history and science fiction as she tells the story of a woman who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. In her version of the United States in the Victorian era, whites, blacks and Native Americans co-exist in harmony. Steam driven machines eliminate the need for slave labor. When the British Navy threatens their way of life, the citizens of Delaware work together to combat the common foe. Ms. Flowers’ view of the past shows what a community willing to risk their lives can accomplish when they fight for what they believe in. The color of their skin or their sexual orientation does not keep them from working together to keep their country safe from invasion. Will Amelia be able to free the woman she desires?
Page Count: 19
Price: $ 2.99
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Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
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