It was a dark windy night, and the road was shining like a ribbon in the moonlight. The highway man (thief) was on his way to see his love, Bess.
The highway man calls to Bess at her farther's inn, where he says he only has time for one kiss, and he will be back by morning. So she should watch for him by moonlight, Tim the ostler who also loves Bess, listens in the background.
The red- coat troop comes marching up to the old inn. They came inside and drank the land lords ale.
The red - coats troop comes in, where they tie and gag Bess to her bed. Where they place a musket by her breast. She looks outside the window waiting for the highway man to come back.
Bess kills herslef by shooting her breast to warn the highway man, that the red coats have her cptaive.
The red - coats go outside the inn to find and kill the highway man.