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After the deaths of her parents, ARELLA MARCEAU finds herself struggling with the worries of caring for her childhood home and avoiding her stepmother’s wrath. One day in the market, she collides with a handsome, and equally charming, stranger. He introduces himself as FREDDIE and as they speak, sparks begin to fly between them. On impulse, Freddie invites Arella to ride with him on the following day. She agrees and even though a wrong turn causes the outing to go differently than planned, they both find themselves falling helplessly for each other. Upon returning home, Arella is intercepted by her stepmother, LADY DURANTE, who announces that she has sold Arella’s home and that Arella must settle the debt which her deceased father left unpaid. With some difficulty, Arella finds work at the palace and gives up all hope of seeing Freddie again.
Arella soon settles into her new routine, but one afternoon, she sees a familiar face in the palace hall. She attempts to convince herself that Freddie and Prince Friederic are not the same person, but when Freddie searches her out and confronts her, she reluctantly accepts the truth. With nothing to lose, Arella agrees to continue meeting with Freddie; however, for fear of rumors that they are sure the shallow nobles will spread, they tell no one of their relationship and meet in the privacy of a secret garden.
Before long, Arella meets her father’s intimidating creditor, LORD DIFORTUNATO and quickly learns to keep her distance from the unsettling man with the black eyes and papery white skin.
Freddie is also facing challenging trials. His father becomes very sick and suddenly dies, but what they thought was natural heart failure, was actually murder. Evidence points to the ROYAL PHYSICIAN as the murderer; yet, no one can discover his motive.
Between the funeral and the coronation, a beautiful love blossoms between Freddie and Arella; even though at times, they find themselves questioning God’s plan for their lives.
Presently, Freddie begins to suspect someone of having discovered his connection with Arella; nevertheless, he proposes to Arella with his mother’s signet ring. On the same day, Lord DiFortunato essentially asks Arella to be his mistress. At first, Arella keeps it from Freddie, knowing it will only add to his worries, but soon she confesses and Freddie uses his position as king to covertly protect her from Lord DiFortunato.
Between the turmoil, the day of the Midsummer’s Eve Ball arrives. Freddie is supposed to publicly announce his engagement to Arella, but Lord DiFortunato intervenes. He reveals to Freddie that he knows about Freddie and Arella’s relationship and threatens to use Arella’s debt to harm her if Freddie does not grant him the position of Grand Duke. Without a choice, Freddie sends Arella to the safety of the gypsy camp with enough money to pay her debts.
Arella goes first to Lord DiFortunato’s home, wanting to quietly deliver her final payment. Strangely, though, Lord DiFortunato’s home is silent, there is not a soul to be seen. Desperate to dispense her payment and go, Arella enters through the kitchen door, but what she finds there, changes everything. In the pantry, there are shelves of potions in neatly labeled vials and one of these vials contains the poison that killed the king. With her curiosity spiked, Arella begins investigating other parts of the house and in DiFortunato’s study, finds letters and signatures that condemn DiFortunato of flawless forgery. Finally possessing an answer to her father’s false debt and the king’s death, Arella hurries home to prepare for the ball so that she might discretely tell Freddie of her discovery. To her dismay, Lady Durante intervenes and leaves Arella with a dismissal and the rags of a ball gown. Unsure of what else to do, Arella retreats to the safety of the secret garden. Yet, when she arrives she is at loss of what to do next. At the moment of feeling defeated, Arella meets the deceased queen’s friend, LADY IZABELLA. Arella tells Lady Izabella of her relationship with Freddie and to her surprise, Lady Izabella offers her help along with a stunning ball gown.
It would seem that everything will end happily now, Arella attends the ball, soldiers are sent to DiFortunato’s home to arrest him, and Freddie prepares to publicly announce his fiancé. But in a few moments of separation from Freddie, a dagger is pressed against Arella’s back and she is dragged away to DiFortunato’s awaiting carriage.
With Arella as his hostage, DiFortunato escapes into the Great Forest, quite convinced of his victory; however, an overturned carriage and a company of soldiers with Freddie at their head, puts an end to DiFortunato’s flight. The moment he knows he has been defeated, DiFortunato slips the contents of a vial between his lips and dies a swift, yet terrible death.
Relieved but also shocked, Freddie and Arella return to the palace. Over breakfast on the following day, Freddie explains that through insurmountable debts instigated through forgery, DiFortunato threatened the royal physician into murdering the king. Ensuing this, Arella’s debts are also declared void and she officially begins to prepare for the life of a queen.
Three months later, as Freddie and Arella stand at the altar to say their vows, they look back and see God’s hand throughout their trials and vow to trust in Him to guide them through the remainder of their lives.