Micheal Henchard's journal was recently found in the attic of a small cottage near Dorchester and it is his account of those missing years of his life.
In between lying, cheating, stealing and fornicating he travelled to America by way of a whaling ship and became embroiled in the infamous 'Nat Turner Slave Rebellion' of 1831. Against his will and better judgement he was then recruited into the 'British Band', a group of native american warriors led by the esoteric Black Hawk.
Henchard makes no attempt to gloss over his skullduggery and appalling lack of any morals and unashamedly recounts his journey from being a penniless hay-trusser to a respected mayor and magistrate. Could anything possibly go wrong for him ? Of course it can.