An argument between the Duke of Norfolk and the king's cousin, Henry, has grown from a dispute over money to an accusation of murder. The two men turn to King Richard II to solve the dilemma, but the king can do little, and the men look to settle with a duel. Moments before the fight begins, Richard stops the duel and banishes the two men. It's an unpopular decision, as is his decision to seize the land and money of his close advisor, and as is his decision to continue to dump money into a needless war. His poor decisions are truly put to the test when Henry returns early from his exile, bringing an army with him.