In 16th Century Spain a gifted young playwright and soldier, Lope de Vega returns to Madrid from the war. Filled with ambition, eager to live, to write and to make his dreams a reality he is forced to work as a humble copyist. Lope falls for his boss's ravishing daughter Elena but must keep the relationship secret. But Elena has another secret: she's already married. When Lope finds out, he asks her to end her marriage and make their love public. Elena refuses. Wounded, he is tempted to play along with the one woman who can bring his vision to the stage, but his passion burns stronger than his ambition, and he publicly exposes the hypocrisy of Elena and her father. Furious, they accuse him of slander. With the Law on his heels, Lope must outrun danger and overcome adversity to clear his name. Only his rediscovered childhood friend, the beautiful Isabel, can help him. As they travel battle along the road to freedom together, Lope discovers his own true love. But fate is not yet finished with him.