Simon Schania tells the fascinating story of the African-American slaves who chose to fight for Britain — and their freedom - in the War of Independence. When Britain tried to resist America's struggle for independence in 1776, they offered the slaves a deal. Come and fight for us and we'll set yon free. In this fascinating film, Simon Schama tells the slaves' incredible story of escape and adventure. Combining Simon Schama's compelling storytelling with reconstruction and dramatisation, Rough Crossings tells the story of the thousands of African-American slaves who left cruel slave plantations to journey through the fires of the war to the dream of freedom in bone-chilling Nova Scotia and on to the 'utopia' of Sierra Leone. This pivotal moment in history is driven by a cast of memorable characters, such as Englishman John Clarkson, a passionate advocate of the abolition of" slavery — and two remarkable African men. Thomas Peters and David George, who escaped slavery and hardship to join Clarkson on an epic journey in search of their freedom.