J.G. Farrell details the siege of a fictional town in India in 1857, when Muslim soldiers turned to bloody rebellion against their British overlords.
India, 1857 – the year of the Great Mutiny. In an isolated Victorian outpost on the subcontinent, rumours of strife begin to filter in from afar. Yet the members of the colonial community remain confident of their military and, above all, moral superiority. When they find themselves under actual siege, however, the true character of their dominion – at once brutal, blundering and wistful – is soon revealed.