Set in the trenches of World War I, Journey’s End follows idealistic new recruit Lieutenant Raleigh (Butterfield) as he wrangles his way onto the front line to fight alongside Captain Stanhope (Claflin), his childhood hero. Stanhope – fallen from grace and into a bottle, but kept alive by the memory of his beloved, Raleigh’s sister Margaret – is dismayed to find him in the horror and claustrophobia of the dugout.