Successful courtier Walter Ralegh is influential beside the Queen; he hopes to conquer new lands for Elizabeth I, and find El Dorado. But when Elizabeth dies and James I comes to power, Ralegh becomes a disgraced prisoner. Bess Throckmorton, one of the Queen’s Maids of Honour, has a dream to capture the heart of restless Ralegh. But with no position of authority, is he doomed to stay forever out of favour with the new king? Will Bess lose Ralegh to his seemingly unattainable goal?