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In 1776 when the ill-equipped American colonies are fighting for their independence against superior British forces, General Washington sends Silas Deane to France to recruit officers and soldiers sympathetic to the colonies' cause. One such soldier is the Marquis de Lafayette, a hot-blooded, 19-year-old nobleman who defies both his father-in-law and Louis XVI in order to join in the fight for freedom. While on a mission to England, Lafayette meets General Cornwallis during a fox hunt. The two men meet again later on opposite sides of an American battlefield. During the fighting, Washington becomes so impressed with the Frenchman's valor that he puts him in charge of a plan to harass Cornwallis. The strategy is successful, and the British suffer a disastrous defeat at Saratoga. As a result of the battle of Yorktown, Cornwallis is forced to surrender, and the colonies win their independence.