The Breath of God Synopsis

How one man’s faith led his people to war.

In early 1860’s, New Zealand, the beautiful region of Taranaki is engulfed in a brutal land war. Continuing with its unpopular policy, the New Zealand government, bolstered by British soldiers, seeks punitive and severe action against rebel Maori called ‘Kingites’ who openly resist the Government’s determined effort to confiscate their land.

To combat growing opposition and to fight rebel Maori in the bush, General Cameron, head of New Zealand’s armed forces, establishes an elite, irregular fighting force called the “Forest Rangers.” Forest Ranger Company No. 2, commanded by Captain Gustavus Von Tempsky, deploys his troops to Taranaki. Befriended by Von Tempsky, the Ranger’s newest recruit, Moana (Ira) Rangitira, shows his formidable skills that rebels grow to fear. Moana faces challenges that test his will to survive against a brutal and clever enemy deep in the rugged Taranaki wilderness. Can he protect what is closest to his heart, or has he lost everything?

“The Breath of God” is the first in the Moana Rangitira adventure series.

Gustavus von tempsky – New Zealand History