|Bette Davis||Queen Elizabeth I|
|Richard Todd||Sir Walter Raleigh|
|Joan Collins||Beth Throgmorton|
|Herbert Marshall||Lord Leicester|
|Dan O'Herlihy||Lord Derry|
|Rod Taylor||Cpl. Gwilym|
|Robert Douglas||Sir Christopher Hatton|
English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh wants to lead a seafaring expedition to the New World. But, in order to finance the trip, Raleigh needs to win over the formidable Queen Elizabeth I . The adventurer turns on the charm, seducing Elizabeth so that she'll support his mission. The deceptive games are further complicated when Raleigh falls for lady-in-waiting Beth . The two must hide their love or face the wrath of the virgin queen.