It is the year 1657.
Following her father’s unprecedented ascent to become de facto ruler of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Frances Cromwell has moved from her rural childhood home to the sumptuous surroundings of the palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall.
In dramatic contrast to life on their Cambridgeshire farm, Frances and her three sisters attend masques and banquets, are served by ladies-in-waiting, and enjoy the attentions of everyone at court, who bow and curtsy to ‘Their Highnesses’.
These are uncertain times however, and an assassination attempt makes Frances and her sister Mary determined not to die without first experiencing true love. But when Oliver is officially offered the crown, Frances’s romantic quest suddenly assumes diplomatic and dynastic importance.
But will she allow herself to be a political pawn or will Frances find a way to control her own destiny?