On the east coast of England in 1555, community leader David agrees, for a fee, to shelter an Egyptian family who are awaiting a ship to escape persecution. At first the community accept the outsiders, until a mute young woman, Patience, starts an affair with one of them and is thrust into a vicious psychological battle with David, who sees her actions as a threat to his position of authority.
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