The film is a version of the classic novel set in 1914. Sara Crewe's father is Captain in the British army.
Before he can go and fight in World War I, he takes his daughter Sara from their home in Simla, India to New York, where
she can attend the same boarding school as her mother. On their ship, we first see Ram Dass who observes them dancing
Ram Dass is traveling to America to be the manservant to Charles Randolph who lives adjacent to Sara's new school.
He cares for Mr. Randolph when his son John also goes off to war. By coincidence John and Captain Crewe are assigned
to the same unit.
When Sara receives word that her father has been killed in battle, she loses her standing as a popular student and becomes
a scullery maid at the school. When she is returning from the market, she encounters Ram Dass in the midst of a powerful
and mystical wind out front of the school. Mr. Randolph learns that his son John has also been reported as killed in
battle at that moment and Ram Dass goes to tend to him.
Sara sees Ram Dass and his monkey Hanuman from time to time as she goes about shopping and working outside the school.
At one point, Mr. Randolph goes to the hospital on word that the British Army has sent his son John back to America.
However, it is not his son, but is in fact, Captain Crewe who is suffering from amnesia. Ram Dass convinces Mr. Randolph
to take the unknown soldier back to his home and care for him.
Sara just misses seeing her father, his eyes bandaged being lead into Mr. Randolph's house with Ram Dass' help.