In a cramped cell aboard a ship, six prisoners are being shipped to a life of hard labour. During their six-month voyage, they endure hardship and suffering under the brutish regime of the ships crew. Set in 1807, this is a powerful drama about six women sentenced to be shipped to a penal colony in Australia. On this crossing, they begin to discover truths about their society, in particular the control that the male-dominated class system of their time has over them. What transpires is a harrowing real story of female solidarity, survival and strength.