Annette saves her betrothed, the King's messenger, from Cardinal Richelieu's agent.
Main title (8). De Sully, a courtier, greets his betrothed, Annette (40). Outside a tavern a group of men are playing cards. De Sully accuses one of the men of cheating. The innkeeper tries to prevent a fight and De Sully and the card player agree to fight a duel (83). In a wood the duellers and their seconds prepare (105). Outside the inn the innkeeper directs D'Argenson, a messenger from King Louis XIII, to where De Sully is (118). D'Argenson interrupts the duel and gives De Sully a message from the King. The message states that the King requests his immediate presence on an important affair of state and D'Argenson will bring De Sully to the King's private chamber (137). De Sully prepares to go but drops the message which is picked up by the gambler. (171). Cardinal Richelieu and a priest conversing in the Cardinal's quarters. The gambler arrives with the letter which he shows to the Cardinal. The Cardinal instructs him to follow De Sully and ascertain the King's intentions. He lets the priest and the gambler out through a secret door in the chamber (235). The gambler solicits the help of two villains to help him spy on De Sully (257). De Sully enters the King's private chamber and receives his command. The message reads 'At midnight a courier will deliver to you a dispatch at the bridge of Bondy, guard it with your life until delivered to me. Louis'. De Sully swears allegiance and leaves. He is followed to the bridge by the gambler and his men (321). De Sully is given the dispatch (346). Walking in the wood De Sully is attacked by the two villains. The gambler comes to De Sully's rescue and befriends him. They walk off arm-in-arm (415). Annette's maid ushers in De Sully and the gambler. Annette is upset to find her lover wounded. He is brought a glass of wine but, unseen by Annette, the gambler puts a drug into it. When De Sully is slumped in his chair the gambler steals the despatch but is observed by Annette who comes in as he is committing the crime. She goes for a sword and she and the gambler fight; she wounds him. Courtiers come to her aid. The despatch is delivered to Louis who blesses the union of De Sully and Annette (597ft).