England's dark history is revealed in this epic tale charting the defeat of the monarchy in a time of intrigue, power and corruption. England in 1645 is a place of savage treachery, civil war and political unrest. After waging three years of bloody civil war, the rebel New Model Army has finally defeated the Royalist forces of King Charles I. Two heroes emerged from the war, Lord Thomas Fairfax (Dougray Scott) and his loyal, yet ruthless deputy, Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth). The war may have been won, but their mission is now to unite the country and reform the crown. Cromwell's radical solution is the execution of the King (Rupert Everett) which causes a political storm leading to leadership fights, betrayal and unrest.