The HMS Bounty is sailing for Tahiti and during the first few weeks, Fletcher Christian (Gable) keeps his mouth shut as Captain Bligh (Laughton) orders his sailors to punishment that is beyond the crime. He even continues to flog a man even after he is already dead. The ship reaches Tahiti where Christian and Byam fall in love with Tahitian women and promise to return someday.
Unfortunately, Bligh and his dinghy arrive safely on a populated island and return to England where Bligh immediately sets out to capture Christian. Unfortunately for Bligh, Christian and his loyal mutineers return to Tahiti, marry the women, and settle on another unknown island where they burn the ship. Roger Byam and a few others remain on Tahiti to show their loyalty to Bligh. Unfortunately for them, when Bligh returns to Tahiti, he takes them as mutineers and puts them on trial as such back in England.
Mutiny on the Bounty is a story of adventure, freedom and justice. Justice is served and Fletcher Christian remained free because he fought for what is right.