Mark Twain's classic tale of two boys who exchange their lives for a while is brought to the screen again in this made-for-television production. Tom (Robert Timmins) is the son of a poverty-stricken drunkard in 19th century England who dreams of a life of carefree wealth. Prince Edward (Jonathan Timmins), the young son of King Henry VIII (Alan Bates), wishes he could go out and play with other boys his age -- and happens to look almost exactly like Tom. One day Tom and the Prince meet by chance, and after being struck by their resemblance, they decide to impersonate each other to get a taste of how the other half lives. They both learn that things often seem sunnier on the other side of the fence -- and that going back to their old lives isn't as simple as they imagined. The supporting cast includes Aidan Quinn as Miles Hendon and Jonathan Hyde as Lord Hertford.