Ross Poldark decides to join the army to avoid charges of smuggling and leaves behind Elizabeth. When he returns three years later, he finds his father dead and his estate in ruins and his sweetheart engaged to somebody else. He takes on a new kitchen maid after rescuing her from a beating and is soon in conflict with hostile locals.
Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.
Poldark - Series 1, Episode 1 Synopsis and Schedule