Summer in the Lake District and torrential rain uncovers a bizarrely tattooed body on a hillside. But that is not the only thing to come to the surface: centuries old tales involving the legendary Pitcairn Massacre are being told again. Did Fletcher Christian , mutinous First Mate on the ill-fated Bounty , fake his own death in order to return home in secret?
Wordsworth scholar Jane Gresham wants to know the truth. There are persistent rumours that the Lakeland poet, a childhood friend of Christian’s harboured the fugitive and turned his tale into an epic poem - a narrative that has since remained hidden. But as she follows each new lead, death follows hard on her heels. Suddenly, a 200-year-old mystery is putting lives on the line. And against the dramatic backdrop of England’s Lake District, a drama of life and death plays out, it’s ultimate prize a bounty worth millions.