In the late 14th century, Scotland's king has died and left no heir. Ruthless English King Edward I seizes the throne, thus demanding the allegiance of the unwilling Scots. William Wallace, whose wife Murron is murdered in retaliation for his opposition to the King, vows to avenge her death and his father's when William was a boy by leading his ragged army of fellow Scots against overwhelming odds and a powerful English army. His courageous group of volunteers is outnumbered and poorly equipped, but their devotion to their cause attracts the attention of nobleman Robert the Bruce. Robert and other Scottish nobles are wary of fighting against Longshanks, since they have been allowed to keep their land. It takes the continued determination of Wallace and his growing number of men to slowly gain their support. Wallace is eventually captured and mercilessly quartered, leaving his men without a leader. The army gathers to surrender to the English. Guilt-stricken, Robert the Bruce vows not to let Wallace die in vain and leads the heroic Scots into the final battle that wins their freedom.