Shaw's play is the fictionalized story of Joan of Arc. The young Joan, a French farmgirl, hears the voices of saints telling her to raise an army to fight the English. When the war starts to go the way of the French, the English convince the Church to have her tried for heresy. She doesn't believe that she can be a heretic because she loves God and the church. Nonetheless, she is found guilty at trial, although the trial seems to be fair by the laws of the time. She refuses a chance to spend life in prison, and she is burned at the stake. Twenty-five years later, a new trial finds her innocent. In an epilogue to the play, her ghost appears to King Charles VII in a dream. Both those who supported and opposed her are present, and they all worship her. She asks if she may be resurrected “ the world needs her help “ but everyone turns away from her.
Includes early teen, late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult characters