George Windsor was never supposed to be King. Nor can he see himself as one. Forced onto the throne by his brother's abdication to become King George VI, he must find a way to fit into a role he feels he can never live up to.
But as the 1930s draw to a close, England finds itself sliding inexorably into a war that was never supposed to happen. Compared to a charismatic and confident Prime Minister, George must determine the role of a King in a modern democracy in crisis.
George's only escape is into the gardens of Buckingham Palace, where his lifelong friendship with Edgar, his Head Gardener, allows him to forget his worries. And also the space to finally come to terms with the conflict between the man he was born and the man he must become.