London, 1806 - William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. Soon Thornhill, a man no better or worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life ... This compelling novel a universaland timeless story of love, identity and belonging.