Epic historical drama about human courage and endeavour from the Emmy award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern. In 1787 Britain banished its unwanted citizens - orphans, petty thieves, prostitutes and highwaymen - to Sydney in Australia. Where, overseen by a small number of British officers, they were expected to establish a colony. Among the first convicts are close friends Elizabeth Quinn, Tommy Barrett and James Freeman. When Elizabeth and Tommy's illicit relationship is revealed to those in charge, it sets in motion a bitter struggle over love and survival.