Jacobite rebels engage in a murderous looting spree while fleeing back to Scotland. Young Sam, the son of a poor farmer, is forced to take drastic measures when their actions leave the family facing starvation. Later, Sam joins the local yeomanry who ride out in search of retreating rebels. His experiences make Sam hardened to killing and determined not to face poverty again. After the yeomanry is disbanded, Sam strikes up an unlikely friendship with Josie, a landowner’s daughter, as he sets out to make money. He finds the illegal distilling of gin highly profitable and his ability to ruthlessly deal with rivals hands him control of the local trade.