Peter Egan stars in the title role of this period drama based on the life of George, Prince of Wales. Notorious womaniser and all-round rebel, Prince George, at the age of 21, finds himself falling for Maria Fitzherbert (Susannah York), a widower six years his senior. When his father, the King (Nigel Davenport), learns that his son and heir has married a commoner in secret, he demands that he enter into a proper marriage with his cousin Princess Caroline of Brunswick (Dinah Stabb). As George refuses to leave Maria, his father is taken ill and Prime Minister William Pitt (David Collings) appoints Prince George to assume the King's duties. When the King unexpectedly recovers however, George finds himself once again waiting to take the throne.