Once upon a time there was a beautiful queen who lived in a tiny European kingdom. But she wasn't happy. Cassandra, ruler of Breslovia, was much too young to be head of state and far too lovely to be married off to a pompous self-centereed grand duke.
A villian, Cardinal Sinzen, wanted the throne for himself, and he intended to do away with Queen Cassandra to get it.
A most unlikely hero, Maximillian Hawke, third son of a British nobelman, to-die-for handsome and devil-may-care reckless. A trumped-up charge of treason had gotten him drummed out of his Majesty's army. Now, posted as military advisor to Breslovia, Max couldn't risk doing anything to jeopardize his last chance to prove himself; until he met Cassandra. Seducing her was his first mistake. Falling in love with her would be far more dangerous.