In 1820, The Bright Star, a merchant ship captained by Charles Bulman, is wrecked off the North African coast. Charles is believed to have perished at sea; it is rumoured he sunk his ship for the insurance. Bulman's wife Emma and twelve-year-old son Dominic are left destitute in London. They are forced to sell the family's Greenwich home, and travel to Yorkshire, where they eventually open a guesthouse along with the kindly, if frequently inebriated, William Woodcock, who had served under Charles at the Battle of Trafalgar. But unbeknown to Emma and Dominic, Captain Bulman is alive - and while they struggle to make ends meet in England, he is using all his strength and determination to fight his way back to them, enduring imprisonment, slavery, villainous bandits, and deadly sword and musket fights. This epic adventure of separation and survival captivated viewers of all ages, and features a luminary cast that includes Richard Todd as Captain Bulman, Brian Blessed as William Woodcock, Julian Glover as Mr. Jackson and Hildegarde Neil as Emma. Dominic is played by Murray Dale. Among the scriptwriters is award-winning children's author Penelope Lively, while Emmy award winner Terence Williams is among the producers.