As the Napoleonic War rages, the Scots Highlanders are forced off their ancestral lands by unscrupulous landlords and driven almost into the ocean. Trapped on the bleak and barren North-East coast of Scotland, they have to pursue the one thing of value to be found there...the rich shoals of herring. Setting out on merciless seas in tiny boats, they risk their lives daily to give their families hope...When young Catrine (Helen Shingler) loses her husband to a navy press gang while he pursues the herring, she sets out to make a fresh start for herself. But Roddie (Clifford Evans), the new man in her life, is the skipper of a herring boat and she must learn to live with the fear of losing him too. As her son Finn grows to manhood, she recognises that the sea is in his very blood. Catrine will try anything to prevent Finn from taking to the ocean, but there seems no alternative - and she may one day lose both the man she loves and her own son to the treacherous ocean swell... A two-year labour of love by writer and director Clarence Elder and star and associate director Clifford Evans, The Silver Darlings is a sincere and stirring tribute to the men who forged the Scottish fishing industry with raw courage, determination and vision. With its stunning use of natural Highland locations, it also offers a visual celebration of the Scottish coastline that has seldom been equalled.