When Smith is left by his wife and goes to hide away in the bush in the Coromandel he never imagines he will become the most wanted man in the country. In a right-wing coup one man, Volkner, has seized power in New Zealand and is using army and special police to maintain his government. Smith's Dream forces us to imagine such a situation and to ask ourselves: Where would you stand? How far would you go?
C. K. Stead, as a novelist, literary critic, poet and essayist, is one of New Zealand's foremost literary figures. Stead was Professor of English at the University of Auckland until 1986. He has published ten volumes of poetry, two volumes of stories, several works of criticism, and eleven novels. His latest novel is My Name is Judas. Stead was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2007.