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Author Voltaire has been banished from the French court because he holds King Louis XV responsible for abuses of power. Voltaire still exercises some influence through his friendship with Mme. de Pompadour, the king's mistress, but he fails to prevent the execution of Calas when Count de Sarnac convinces the king that he is guilty of treason in order to gain his estate. Voltaire has Nanette Calas, the dead man's daughter, brought to his house to protect her from de Sarnac, who has put a price on her head. With the help of Mme. de Pompadour, Votaire is allowed to present a play to the king which tells Nanette's story allegorically. Masked behind the play's historical setting, the events portrayed outrage the king, but when Voltaire starts to demonstrate the parallels to present day events, de Sarnac points out that the play is really about King Louis. Voltaire is arrested and accused of treason, but before he is sent to the Bastille, he reveals that de Sarnac has been passing state secrets to Frederick the Great of Prussia. His enemy undone, Voltaire presents Nanette to the king, who restores her estates and her father's good name.