Charles and his older brother John are both expected to work on their parents' farm. Charles loves it but John is lazy, shirking the work at every turn. Both boys will soon be sent to England to learn how to become refined, young gentlemen. This doesn't appeal to Charles who sets out to make himself indispensable on the Owen family property so he won't have to go. And that's when he strikes a deal with a stranger: an escaped convict who agrees to help Charles in exchange for food and freedom. But it's a devil's bargain and Charles finds himself being held to ransom for ever-increasing demands from the convict. In the end, having learnt some unexpected things - about himself and his brother - from the convict, Charles helps the escapee avoid the police by providing him with an hilarious disguise. But will it help Charles avoid being sent to school in England?
7 August 2011 (Australia)
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