1848, the year of revolution. Bookish Wyatt Faulkner is wounded whilst saving Chartist supporter Amy from sailing into a trap as she delivers weapons for the uprising. Wyatt is taken for treason but his head injury means loss of memory as well as loss of freedom. He begins life anew as a THIRD CLASS CONVICT on the Woolwich hulks. Amy cannot leave him to rot on the prison ship, but she is unaware that others plan to cut his sentence short permanently .A foiled Irish escaper, and a killer sent to protect police informer Conrad Sperling's identity make Wyatt's hard new life even harder. And then there is the cholera.