When Balkan Prince Stanislaus demands an English bride, Queen Victoria sends him Lady Lavina, whose family had a slight connection with royalty. Determined to avoid this fate, Lavina threw herself on the mercy of the Marquis of Elswick, a disagreeable man who had turned his back on the world following the betrayal by the woman he loved. Surprisingly, he agrees to help by pretending to be engaged to Lavina, and, with her father, they left to visit her relatives in Scotland. In the highlands, Lavina began to find herself attracted to the marquis. Beneath his harsh manners he has a heart that perhaps she could win. But nearby is the Queen's country home, Balmoral, and when Her Majesty arrives with Prince Stanislaus, they know there is still a battle to be fought. Lavina learns the shattering secret that was the real reason the marquis had agreed to help her, and threatens to take her away from the man she loves.