Old King Lear resolves to share the British kingdom with his three daughters on the condition that they declare their love for him unconditionally. Cordelia, his youngest daughter, refuses to do so and is banished, and the kingdom is divided between his two elder daughters. The two sisters divest Lear of his remaining power and eventually turn him out into a stormy night. Meanwhile, Lear's loyal friend, Gloucester, is abused by Edmund, his illegitimate son, who has turned against Edgar, his legitimate son. When Cordelia returns from France with an army to conquer England for her father, the tragedy reaches its terrible climax.