A company of dragoons enlivens a quiet Wessex village in the early years of the Napoleonic Wars.
Anne is smitten by the glamour of the 19th Dragoons, but not as smitten as someone is with her.
The village of Overcombe is excited by the arrival of the King and a humble sailor home from the sea.
Bob Loveday is home from the sea and has quite forgotten his old sweetheart.
The mill at Overcombe awakes to find that the honoured guest has vanished in the night.
John has fallen from favour just as his regiment is ordered away, while Bob is pining for Matilda.
The village is startled by the night-time arrival of the 'arch enemy of mankind'.
Bob renounces his love for his brother?s sake and returns to the sea to fight for his country.
Broken-hearted Anne waits for Bob and gradually realises that there is another, more faithful, brother close to hand.
True love at last at Overcombe Mill, but which brother has won the heart of the maiden?