In the summer of 1620, a group of pilgrims set sail from the Southampton dock to travel to America. Their trip has been financed by Virginia investors, who plan to make a deal with the voyagers to work five days a week for the Virginia company. Young carpenter John Alden is ready to see the new world and signs on for the voyage. The Mayflower's Captain Jones, takes payment from Mr. Weston of the Virginia company to change the ship's course to New England but to keep it secret. After a night of drinking at the local tavern he comes back on board, attracted to Dorothy Bradford, the wife of William Bradford. Jones tries to force himself on her, but her screams call attention.
In the morning, the Mayflower and the Speedwell set sail, to see the new world. After a couple of weeks on the ocean, the Speedwell is starting to sink and Jones makes the decision that both ships will return to England. In Plymouth, eighteen of the Mayflower pilgrims want to stay in England. Those on the Speedwell will be allowed to sail with them, even though there is chance they may run out of supplies. Soon the weather turns cold and some of the pilgrims come down with fever. A large storm hits( the storm scene is amazing). When a woman believes that her son is on deck, Bradford goes to find him and falls into the water, but is saved by Jones and Gilbert. As the huge storm rages, the boat is damaged . After the storm passes, the voyage has taken its toll on the pilgrims. Dorothy finds Jones on deck, he admits his feelings for her. Two months into the voyage, the pilgrims bring William on deck, but as he looks out, he dies. After they bury him at sea, they spot land. At first the pilgrims think that they have reached Virginia,but find out later that it is New England. When Bradford and his men go to see Jones, he tells them that they will be staying in New England. Bradford, believes that their stop in New England was not by accident. Bradford then suggests the new plan to the pilgrims. Before leaving the ship, Bradford tells Dorothy how much she means to him. Will she betray her husband?
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson, Lloyd Bridges.
"The Plymouth Adventure," which was the result of five years' research on the Pilgrims' crossing from England to Massachusetts in the 17th century. The 1950 book was an international bestseller and has been condensed as a school textbook on the Mayflower's place in American history.