Good-looking and ambitious George Davenport travels to London with his bride Lucy, determined to make the most of his skill in driving a four-in-hand of horses. It's 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned, and England is at peace, but it isn't a good time to be a coachman.
As George finds employment with William Chaplin, the "Napoleon of coaching," the first railways are about to open across the country. Their competition will kill off the road-coaching trade. George loves both his work and his wife, so he has a lot to come to terms with... even before the boss's daughter starts to stalk him.