The year is 1919. Phyllis Halliday, a plain, quiet girl from Portsmouth Village, discovers a note from Joseph Cleroux, a.k.a. convict G852 in the notorious Kingston Penitentiary. For ten months, Phyllis, using the name Peggy, will correspond with Joseph, whom she calls Daddy Long Legs. Joe's letters hint that someday the clandestine correspondents will meet face to face, but in the meantime he would appreciate her buying him some tobacco. Phyllis, engaged in the adventure of her life, dreaming of the ring he promises her, the car rides they will share after his release, faithfully responds. MERILYN SIMONDS' The Convict Lover is a riveting story that reclaims an obscure segment of Canadian history. Pushing the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, the author illuminates the experience of imprisonment, be it either physical imprisonment behind bars or the emotional imprisonment of unrequited love. She also tells secrets -- a private one, about a forbidden relationship, and a larger and darker one, about Canada's penitentiaries.