In 1798, young Irish girl Mary Mulvane is convicted of stealing by the British court and sentenced to transportation to Australia. During the journey, she falls for fellow convict Jonathan Garrett, and the pair attempt to start a new life in the brutal penal colony.
'A triumphant saga that sweeps from embattled Ireland to the struggling new world of Australia! (Based on the TV Series!)
'Mary Mulvane—an Irish beauty, as proud and passionate as the rebellious land of her birth. When Ireland rose up against British tyranny, Mary Mulvane was swept up in the bold fight. Cruelly wrenched from home and family, she was seized and sentenced to the harsh penal colony in Australia. A beautiful young girl, an outcast haunted by a tragic past and an uncertain future, Mary would need a woman's strength to endure bitter hardship, and courage to face humiliation and heartbreak. In a raw world of savage lust and violence, she would struggle to survive, to pursue her search for lasting love, her dream of a new life established in freedom and dignity, safe for the unborn generations yet to come.'
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In this opening episode of the television series Against the Wind, Mary Mulvane and her boyfriend Michael are harrassed by British soldiers while out walking. In response to the troops taking over a nearby farm as a supply store, Michael and his mates burn down the house. When the Mulvane family can't pay rent and church tax, the British troops take their cow away as payment. Mary and Michael are discovered as they attempt to retrieve the cow. Michael is shot dead, leaving Mary to stand trial.Melbourne : Pegasus Productions Seven Network , 1978
The uprising gathers momentum, but the convicts are eventually betrayed. With the British troops too powerful, the uprising fails and retribution begins.Melbourne : Pegasus Productions Seven Network , 1978
In the final episode in the series, Ensign Greville uses Mrs Wiltshire's affection for him to gain power in the colony. Jonathan is sentenced to six months' jail for writing a letter to the governor exposing the corruption of the overseers, after he refuses to do as the new 'government' orders. Will is still imprisoned after being turned in for his whiskey making.Melbourne : Pegasus Productions Seven Network , 1978