This book explores four different tropes found in Canadian literature:
1. The Loyalist fratricide,
2. The Scottish orphan who makes good,
3. The muscular Christian,
4. The maturing colonial son.
Coleman discusses how these characters both illustrate and shape Canadian’s beliefs about their nation’s (white British) origin. Prior knowledge of Canadian history and literature is not required and a new student of the country will come out of this book with many additions to their reading list.