Once upon a time, a young woman wished desperately to go to a ball.
Ella's life is in ruins: her father is dead, her stepmother treats her like a slave, and her prospects for escape are rapidly dwindling. Her one hope is the royal ball, where every woman of marriageable age will have a chance to win the prince's heart...or at least a night in his bed. Surely the life of a royal mistress is better than what she endures daily.
Prince Alphonse has a secret: his family is cursed. Only one woman in all the kingdom will ever be able to bear his heir, and Alphonse must find her and prove she is his proper match before he can take the throne.
One night might be the answer to both their dreams, but only if Ella's fairy godmother can perform a miracle.