In ancient London, in the 16th century, a boy named Edward Tudor was born to a rich family. He was the Prince of England and was adored by all.
Another boy, named Tom Canty, who was born on the same day as Edward, was born to a poor family that did not want him. His father beat him and forced him to beg for food.
One fateful day, Tom was walking by the gates of the palace begging for food when the guard at the palace started getting mad at Tom. Edward saw this and invited Tom into the palace. Edward told Tom how he hated the palace life and wished to run free instead of having to attend to feasts, rules, work, and constant demands.
I am the real king!
He is the real king!
Edward got a wild idea; to switch places with Tom. They switched outfits and looked almost exactly like each other! Edward then left the palace as Tom, and Tom stayed at the palace posing as Edward.
Edward's dad, the king, died while they were switched. Edward saw the poor and hungry people and was saddened. He was also was beaten by Tom's father. Both boys realized how difficult the other one's life was.
When the village was ready for the prince to have his coronation, they almost crown Tom. Edward then showed up at the coronation and claimed to be the real prince. Tom backed him up and Edward is made king. As king, Edward makes Tom a knight and helps the poor, hungry towns people.