During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Leicester, the Queen's favorite, secretly marries Amy Rosbart to avoid the Queen's wrath and keeps her isolated from society. She is discovered by on old lover, who believes that she is the mistress of Varney, a villainous ally of Leicester, and tries to convince her to run away. When she refuses, he goes to the Queen with his story.
Varney saves Leicester by claiming that Amy is his wife. When the Queen orders that Amy be brought to the court at Kenilworth, Amy, refusing to appear as Varney's wife, runs off, goes to Kenilworth on her own and tries to persuades Leicester to tell the truth and brave the anger of Elizabeth.
But Varney, pretending to help Leicester, convinces the Queen that Amy is mad, and he is told to take her home and care for her. He also manages to plant doubts in the mind of Leicester about Amy's relation with her former lover. Before Leicester can learn the truth, Varney murders Amy. In the end Leicester confesses to the Queen who eventually forgives him.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein