Plans are made for the invasion of France, and Charles Brandon is named commander of the English armies. The war effort is elaborate and costly. Three hundred ships have been requisitioned to bring guns, wagons, horses and the army to France. The King is determined to lead his armies into battle to recapture lands he once held, as well as a glimmer of his youth.
In his absence, he appoints Catherine regent and protector of the realm and guardian of his children. The new Queen rises to the challenge and is well liked and respected by all.