London, 1806 - William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames.
Life is tough but bearable until William makes a terrible mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly.
His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life.
Soon Thornhill, a man no better or worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life... The Secret River is a universal and timeless story of love, identity and belonging.