When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's Scottish house to claim his inheritance, his relative first tries to murder him. Then he has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the colonies. Fortunately for the lad he makes a friendship with Alan Breck escaping from Bonnie, Prince Charlie's defeat at Culludon. When the ship's captain tries to kill Breck for his money the two manage to get to land. Will they be able to survive in this wild and dangerous world?