The escapees' party has got away in one boat, ill-prepared, and after bitter bickering decides to risk sailing to the Dutch Indies. Despite lack of wind, they finally reach Timor. There they pretend to be shipwrecked rich Englishmen and live in luxury on credit for years. When lieutenant Clark passes the island on his way home, he discovers the escaped criminals. William is killed resisting arrest, the rest caught and put on trial in London. The public and press sympathize with the adventurers.