In Australia in the 1840s, most of the country was a penal colony to which convicts were sent by British magistrates. Bridges is an American sailor found guilty of a crime he did not commit in Liverpool and transported to the wild country beyond Sydney where he, along with other
prisoners, is whipped, starved and mistreated at every turn. He escapes with Booth but is recaptured. Booth again escapes after murdering a soldier, a crime for which the unlucky Bridges again is convicted. He appeals to the governor, Mills, a kindly, sympathetic soul bent on reforming the brutal
system, and is given the chance to marry a female prisoner and begin developing five acres of b...