When Harry Faversham's father dies, he decides to resign his commission. He had only joined the army to please him and satisfy family tradition and now wants to do something else with his life. At the same time however, his Regiment is ordered to Egypt and the Sudan, and he soon receives three white feathers from his fellow officers. The white feathers accuse him of being a coward and he takes his fianc?(C)e's reaction to the situation be a fourth feather. Now alone in the world, he sets off for Egypt and the Sudan to prove his bravery and return the white feathers to those who sent them. Posing as a mute native he manages to rescue all three of his accusers and returns to England to reclaim his fianc?(C)e's love and admiration.