Inge Ekland, a beautiful chambermaid in the High House of the Crown Prince is discovered in bed with him by the Queen who packs her, her husband and the four children off to Liverpool to prevent a royal scandal. The son of the Crown Prince is born halfway across the North Sea. Inge's husband loses all the money given to them by the Queen in a card game on board ship so they land at Liverpool docks homeless and penniless. Ekland goes off to drink in the tavern but Bailey, a hardware/grain store owner comes with a pony and trap looking for some immigrants who failed to show. He takes Inge and the children to his store where she has to cook, clean and work in the hardware store. There are many stories, twists and turns in this tale.