After seeing his father hauled off to debtors' prison, Tom Tin sets out to take revenge on Mr. Goodfellow, the man responsible for his family's misfortunes. But the fog-filled London streets are teeming with sinister characters, including a nasty gang of young pickpockets who mistake Tom for someone ominously known as the Smasher. Wrongly accused of murder, Tom is given a seven-year sentence and transported to Australia with other juvenile convicts aboard The Hulk. His only chance is to escape, but for him to do that, his luck needs to turn... This 19th-century thriller combines the plot of a Dickens book with the swashbuckling adventure of a Robert Louis Stevenson story to produce a page-turning novel that will have teens cheering for its hapless hero.