Following the ambush of their prison convoy and the subsequent attack on the Callahan Bridge, Claude and 8-Ball have escaped but are now isolated on Portland Island. After locating an abandoned Kuruma, 8-Ball informs Claude that he knows a place for them to lay low and find work, but Claude will need to drive there due to 8-Ball's injured hands.
Non-chronologically, this is the first storyline mission in the 3D Era.
As the GTA III physics engine does not permit cars to be turned on their side, the destroyed cars blocking the bridge will either be right side up or upside down. Strangely, standing in the flames of the burning cars will not damage Claude's health.
The mission title may be a reference to Patrick Henry's famous words "Give me liberty or give me death!", as well as the name of Liberty City.
For the first two in-game hours (until 6:00am), the player is exempt from gaining a wanted level.
The Kuruma used in the mission has a unique Teal colour, which can be stored after completing the following mission. In the Beta version of the game, the player originally drove a purple Sentinel.