An interesting historical novel by the authors of Mutiny on the Bounty. The novel decribes the life of the Hugh Tallant, as told by himself. Hugh Tallant, an American, is convicted in London of highway robbery and as such exported as a convict to New South Wales, Australia, as part of the First Fleet. The story shows its readers the hardship of the convicts who arrived on the First Fleet, as well as the even worse conditions endured by the convicts of the Second Fleet.
Because the historical data is given as part of a fictional story, the book makes both an interesting and pleasant read