Classic drama based on the real-life memoirs of Anna Leonowens and her experiences in Siam. The story focuses on an unconventional Asian king and the British woman he hires to run a school for his wives and many children. Anna (Irene Dunne) is caught in the excesses of the royal court of King Mongkut of Siam (Rex Harrison). His heart is torn between tradition and the wish to be scientifically modern. Her heart is deeply affected by the exuberant king and his exotic children.