When Lord Rupert Brooke and his wife are killed in an accident, their only child, Titania, is forced to live with her uncle, the Duke of Starbrooke, who had never approved of her father?s marriage and does not consider Titania grand enough to be a member of the Starbrooke family. Titania is forced to serve her cousin Sophie as a lady?s maid. Sophie is to marry Prince Frederick of Velidos, a small country in the Balkans, and Titania is taken with her to pander to her every whim. Titania is brokenhearted leaving behind her horse, which she adores and her Nanny, who is the only person who really loves her. When she reaches Velidos, the king, who is the half-brother of Prince Frederick, finds her in tears and does his best to comfort her.