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Children of Sugarcane is set against the backdrop of 19th century India and the British-owned sugarcane plantations of Natal.
Shanti, a bright teenager stifled by life in rural India and facing an arranged marriage, dreams that South Africa is an opportunity to start afresh. The Colony of Natal is where Shanti believes she can escape the poverty, caste, and troubling fate of young girls in her village. Months later, after a harrowing sea voyage, she arrives in Natal only to discover the profound hardship and slave labour that await her
Source. Jonathan Ball Publishers https://jonathanball.co.za/component/virtuemart/children-of-sugarcane