A deeply intense story based upon the life of Robert Burns. Although it is a fictitious account it does draw on the actual facts that are known about him and weaves a fascinating picture of what life was like in his time. Life then could be brutal, cruel and dark. Burns has his share of this darkness but through it all the love of Burns for his family and the love of his friends for him remain as shining beacons. We follow his early life with his drinking and sexual exploits but see him develop as a poet drawing on all these experiences. There are happy times with his friends, and with his work in the Excise, but especially with his wife, Jeannie, whom he loves dearly despite his occasional dalliances elsewhere. There are other times when darkness overtakes him as a result of a traumatic experience in his youth. Gradually the darkness and the illness it spawned start to rule his life. Can salvation be found through the love of all those around him?