In a London graveyard in 1857, Miss Harriet Small is approached by a stranger with an unexpected gift for her. In the last will of a woman she barely remembers, Harriet has been left a collection of life-changing documents: her father's True Narrative of his years after escaping enslavement in America, and his close relationship with Irish revolutionary Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Nearly sixty years earlier, in the aftermath of Edward's death and disgrace in the 1798 Rebellion, his sister, Lady Lucy, had commissioned Harriet's father, Mr Anthony Small, to write about his life as Edward's manservant in the form of a slave narrative . But what emerges from Faithful Tony's pages is Lucy's real motive (revealed in her notes and deletions) to restore Edward's reputation and his family's fortunes, as well as a complex, co-dependent and sometimes turbulent allyship between the two men. Tony gains opportunities to work, to prosper, to love, only to be powerless in preventing the devastating events that destroy his master. He learns that the quest to be truly heard is never-ending, and as heartbreaking as it is to read her father's words, Harriet comes to realise there is more than one way to be free.