Year 1787. HMS Bounty sets out on a journey that will take it through perilous seas to a tropical paradise... and into history as the one of the most ill-fated vessels ever to sail for King and country. The gripping story centers on two men. Marlon Brando plays first officer Fletcher Christian as a dandy transformed into a man of action. Trevor Howard is Capt. William Bligh, uncompromising in his command or his cruelty. "Fear is [my] best weapon", Bligh proclaims. But it's also the most costly, driving men to desperation and mutiny.