Rough Crossing is about the intersection of African, American and British History. It begins with African slaves who fought for the British during the American Revolution in 1776, upon the promise of freedom. "Come over to our side and we will give you your freedom!" At war's end, these veteran slaves were transported to Nova Scotia only to find that they were met with more vicious, hardcore, white racist and barren land. "There was a degrading and unjust prejudice towards blacks." They were not much better off than slaves. Eventually 1,192 blacks, under the leadership of John Clarkson, a white Brit working for the Sierra Leone Company, signed on to be transplanted back to Africa where they hoped for complete freedom in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Africa.