Politics, treachery and passion intertwine in this tale inspired by true events during the life of Princess Sophia Dorothea — the ancestress of the dynasty that reigns over Great Britain to this day.
Princess Sophia Dorothea, beautiful, vivacious, and raised in all manners French by her mother, is the bastard daughter of a powerful German duke. In the late 1600s, she only cares that she can choose a marriage partner, but is trapped by her elders, hungry for more power and greater influence.
European nobles of all ages and stature seek her hand in marriage. They all want to secure her father’s lands with their castles, villages, and citizens as well as the huge dowry that comes with her. Sophia Dorothea’s hated and coarse cousin, the Crown Prince of Hanover, becomes her main suitor.
In Hanover’s glittering, debauched, and treacherous court, not all wish to see Sophia Dorothea rise higher. She fights against being used as a political pawn, but will she find a soul mate or be whipped and branded as a rebellious outcast?