Will Shakespeare is desperate to make a good impression with the College of Heralds so he can get his family a coat of arms.
Will is off to Stratford to get some serious writing done, but his bullying former school teacher invites himself to stay.
Will is tricked by his evil nemesis, Robert Greene, into writing a tragedy for a nobleman who only likes romances set in exotic foreign location.
Will Shakespeare wants to make his new play about identical twins separated at birth into a musical, so he asks Thomas Morley for help.
Will is thrilled with his new play, in which a bright and strong-minded young woman is crushed and humiliated into submission by a man, but it doesn't go over well.