Germany, 1525- After the slaughter of her family, Duchess Gabriella escapes from the burning castle of Weinsberg and finds refuge with her aunt, Abbess Beata in the monastery of St. Ursula. A young nobleman, Baron Leopold falls in love with Gabriella and offers to trade a valuable piece of land for Gabriella to be his bride. Gabriella and Leopold go to the groom’s estate for the wedding ceremony, but, on the way Gabriella meets a handsome, brave stranger –a “free man” Raymond and is impressed with his bravery and swordsmanship. The wedding ceremony is interrupted when a peasant army storms the villa and turns the celebration into bloody massacre. Leopold and Abbess Beata escape. Raymond, who happens to be one of the rebels, saves Gabriella and they fall in love, but they will need to fight all of the people who are after them.