Treachery, highway robbery, rampaging Indians, and life on the gold fields, are just some of the adventures G.A. Henty supplies his young novice, Frank, in Captain Bayley’s Heir.

While attending an English boys school, Frank is driven by an unjust charge of theft to board a ship leaving for New Orleans. He sets out to make his fortune in the new land, leaving the way clear at home for his rival cousin to become heir to their uncle’s fortune.

In traditional Henty style, Frank’s stirling character, honour, and steadfastness, win him many true friends in the course of his adventures.

While Henty’s books are aimed primarily at boys, my girls were captivated with the story. We consumed this read aloud at a rate of 100 pages a day. Croak!