At the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Prince Charles with 13,000 troops, both English and Scottish, is heavily defeated by Oliver Cromwell and flees to France. Clive More escapes the battlefield to a friendly house and is saved from Cromwell’s men by the nanny of 9-year-old Alissa. After the prince is restored to the throne as King Charles II in 1660, Alissa, her father the Earl of Dalwaynnie, her stepmother, and her stepsister Nancy, move to London. The king, grateful for the earl’s support, gives them apartments at the Royal Palace of Whitehall. Clive More, who is now the Marquis of Morelanton, is a special friend of the king. The new wife of the Earl of Dalwaynnie is determined that her daughter Nancy should marry Clive now that he is a marquis and contrives to keep him away from Alissa, who is now an 18-year-old beauty.