Prince Albert is to take over the throne of King George VI, but may suffer from a problem in speech and so it will be very difficult because the country needs a king who is good communication with the people. Queen Elizabeth is hiring a psychotherapist and an Australian representative named Lionel Lugo to help him overcome this dilemma. The relationship between the two men evolves. Lugo uses unconventional means to teach the king how to speak with confidence to overcome the disaster that may have followed him on his arrival at the throne.
The film is richly rooted, with splendid trappings, including pea-soup fogs. For all the pomp and protocol, it's an intimate story about a scared man who must find his voice if he is to rise, in regal stature, above his epaulets.