A politician fights to abolish slavery in 1800's England while battling corrupt officials and a debilitating disease. William, upon the urging of his mentor John Newton, the man who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," struggles for 20 years to fight for the abolition of slavery in the U.K. William is a member of the British Parliament and is an excellent speaker, with fiery passion. His friend John Newton, once a slave ship captain tells him that it is imperative that he continue this cause, having seen the atrocities that accompany it. William becomes friends with William Pitt, who later becomes Prime Minister. For years, William tries in vain to push his agenda, but the House, filled with greedy politicians who benefit financially from the slave trade, are keen on stopping him. Despite having the Prime Minister as his close friend, William cannot beat the system. The odds seem against him, his exhaustion leads to a painful disease in his intestines and he is close to giving up. On a trip to Bath on a health excursion, he meets an intelligent and pretty lady Barbara who asks him his story. She convinces him to keep fighting. Later the two marry, and with a renewed sense of purpose, William pushes on. After two decades of campaigning, a bill is passed ending slavery in the United Kingdom.
Best part of story, including ending:
I am always inspired by the story of men who go against adversity to fight for what's right. Plus this is based on the biography of a real person.
Best scene in story:
When slavery ends, William goes to John Newton, now old and blind, and tells his friend about their victory.
Opinion about the main character:
I love his determination, and his faith. He makes me believe that no matter how hard the fight, it is still worth continuing.