1820 is a worrying time for His Royal Highness Prince Lászlé as the might of the Prussian Empire moves ever closer to the boarders of his independent principality, Opava. Concerned for the welfare and happiness of his subjects, he reluctantly sends his beautiful daughter, Princess Zoleka, on a secret mission to the neighbouring state of Krnov, which is in crisis.
Masquerading as Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Udele, the heir to the throne, Zoleka is horrified to discover that Krnov is in political turmoil. Greeted by demotivated palace staff, shocked by the dilapidated buildings and poverty throughout the principality, Zoleka vows to discover the strange malady that has struck the head of state, Prince Majmir, and restore Udele to her rightful place. Discovering that Princess Udele, although she is eighteen, is kept away from state matters and still treated like a child, Zoleka decides to teach Udele the skills necessary to be a Princess so she can gain the respect of the people and help Krnov become strong again. But has Princess Zoleka arrived too late to stir the Royal Place into action and stop the ever increasing danger from the Prussian Army? Even the unexpected arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Vaslov of Cieszyn, and the dedication of Zoleka’s loyal aide-de-camp, Count von Hofmannstall, may not be enough to keep Krnov independent as the tension mounts.
Against this dramatic backdrop the Princesses forge a deep friendship and learn lessons in life – and, unexpectedly, in love too. As Krnov hurtles towards its darkest hour, hearts are won and lost and the meaning of true love and loyalty are tested to the limits.
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