This film is based on the amazing true story of Mary Bryant, a young Cornish girl transported to Botany Bay for stealing a bonnet. Resourceful and determined, Mary is willing to do whatever it takes to survive the harsh journey to Australia and the grim penal colony. She employs whatever means are at her disposal to protect herself and her children, even if it involves deceiving and using others. In this respect she is not always a completely likeable character, but thanks to Romola Garai's excellent portrayal one can't help but admire Mary's incredible determination as she fights for freedom, and cheer her on! As well as plenty of action, suspense, and at times rather graphic portrayals of life in the penal colony, there is also romance and passion. Two men fall for the strong-willed Mary: an easy-going fellow prisoner Will, and one of their jailers, Lieutenant Ralph Clarke. Although Jack Davenport as the lieutenant has the task of serving as the bad guy of the film, his nuanced and appealing performance - as well as his striking good looks in the 18th-century naval uniform - create an unexpected effect, as the viewer may find themselves at times sympathising with the "villain" of the story. All in all, a great adventure story with memorable characters; beautiful photography and costumes.