This article attempts to examine a tomboy heroine or an empowered girl of the British Raj period. It analyses in detail the ways in which children’s adventure novels about the mutiny explore tensions inherent in the constructions of masculinity. E.M. Field’s Bryda depicts a little girl who lives through a masculine plot that falls apart at the end with a return to the domestic. The novel employs a girl protagonist who has an opportunity for manly adventure and proves her masculine virtues without ever being in danger of losing her innate female identity. The return to the domestic acts as a final affirmation of the girl heroine’s in escapable femaleness. This novel characterizes the threatening domestic scene not only as a danger to masculine virility but also the destruction of all virility. Bryda realizes that she stands between her female self and the masculine status she longs for and finally triumphs as an empowered.