A 14th-century comic fairy tale about an ambitious young peasant who proves that aristocracy comes from the heart, not the bloodline. Low-born squire William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) dares to impersonate his late master, an itinerant knight, at a regional tournament in France. The penalties for pretending to be of noble blood are stiff, but without the prize money William and fellow squires Roland (Mark Addy) and Wat (Alan Tudyk) will starve. After William wins, Roland and Wat favor going home to England. But William wants to compete further there's money to be made, and he's reluctant to return to certain poverty and servitude. The trio soon encounter another ...