In 1793, Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, was in prison. She had become the symbol of a hated aristocracy, and revolutionaries were calling for her head. Her friends, though, had made a deal with Captain Stephen Clough, who had sailed from Maine with a load of goods to trade. In exchange for help with his cargo, which had languished at harbor amid the disorder, he agreed to take the Queen to Maine. One of the guards bribed to help her escape betrayed the plot instead.