The highway man rides into town at night when he sees Bess the landlords daughter. He falls in love instantly.
The highwayman is after a prize and promises Bess he will be back the next day. But They don´t know that Tim the ostler is listening and he is in love with Bess too.
The red coats came to the old inn. They tied Bess up to the foot of her bed with a pistol by her side. They mocked her for being in love with the highwayman. She writhed and twisted and tried to reach the trigger.
When the clock hit midnight the tip of Bess's finger touched the trigger. She had a plan to warn the highwayman and keep him safe.
Bess heard the highwayman coming, Tlot, Tlot. She hoped that he would hear her warning.
The highwayman heard he shots he tried to race back to Bess but he was shot by the red coats along the highway.
According to rumors the highwayman and Bess still walk the streets by the inn.