The Scarlet Pimpernel is is a historical spy adventure set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The Scarlet Pimpernel is the name of a chivalrous Englishman in the time of the Terrors, who, with his band of gentlemen, rescues aristocrats before they can be killed by the violent government in revolutionary France. He is known by his symbol, a simple flower, the pimpernel. He succeeds by masterful use of disguises and strict secrecy of the group's movements. His identity is secret to all but his men. Marguerite Blakeney, French wife of a wealthy English dandy, is approached by the new French envoy to England with a threat to her brother's life if she does not aid in his search for the Pimpernel..