In nineteenth-century London, Annie Besant joins the Free Thought movement and begins a lecturing career. Meeting George Bernard Shaw, she converts her to socialism. Through direct action, Annie and George look set to change the world, but when her husband sues for custody of their daughter (on the grounds that, being a socialist campaigner, she’s an unfit mother), she turns back to spirituality, and in particular Theosophy. Moving to India, to lead the Indian Independence Movement, Annie becomes a disenchanted, reckless tyrant. But then Mahatma Gandhi steps into her life.