The story of Melbourne’s Pentridge Gaol from 1850 – 1900. Where Pentridge stands is dark and bloody ground, the battlefield of an undeclared war. On one side, the Law, wielding savage authority. On the other, the prisoners whose only weapons were cunning, intrigue and sudden desperate violence. Here is a fascinating account of escapes, mortal combats, vicious tyrants, zero-hour reprieves and all the dramatic and pathetic details of life behind the grim stone walls, yet still, there is a sense of defiant resilience of the human spirit.