The ""ordeal of Anne Devlin"", faithful servant of the Irish patriot Robert mett and a member of a heroic peasant family, was borne with suffering and pride in rank prison. Though her story is ostensibly fictitious, it is based on authentic history. Living close to the brave leaders of the Irish rebellion, Anne understood the issues of the revolution. Despite the fiery efforts of the United Irish, the King's army closed in and soon after, Anne, her brother and her beloved friends are captured. The major part of the novel is devoted to her heroism under the shocking conditions of prison life and in the face of the cruel Dr. Trevor, an erstwhile ""friend"". Told sharply and without the fanfare of sensationalism, the book will send many teen readers to actual histories of the Irish Rebellion and with compassion, later on, to the works of O'Casey.