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A gentleman with an alcohol problem is in Sea View Lunatic Asylum on the hills aboveTreachery Road the Hokitika goldfields. He has been making a nuisance of himself in Hokitika and other gold mining areas, trying to gather information about the infamous Burgess Gang – Richard Burgess, Philip Levy, Thomas Kelly and Joseph Sullivan. The man is obsessed with the case, Burgess, Kelly and Levy having been hanged years before.
Why do people become obsessed with places, things or other people? What has evolved in us that enables us to continue to desire unrequited relationships, when to do so brings great suffering to ourselves? And what hyperactive flourish of male arrogance through the ages has ended up with the cruelty men are capable of towards women?
Three young people, one mistakenly named, two self-named, have all experienced childhood trauma. As a result they feel abandoned, are haunted by horrific memories, or experience hyper-sensitivity due to early injuries. All three are extremely gifted: either with beauty, with inventiveness, or with imagination. All suffer from depression and tend towards self-harm, from milder forms of self-abuse through to suicide.