Mariella goes to the prince’s balls to find a husband. Unfortunately, in trying to avoid one suitor she finds herself in the arms of the one man she doesn’t want. Teodor is captivated by the woman he meets at the three events, especially by her openness and sexual skill. Thrilled to have found a bride before his coronation, he proposes, only to have Mariella turn him down.
Mariella has been trapped in one situation that was out of her control, and has no desire to exchange it for another. In addition, she has experienced the pain of love lost and is determined not to go through it again. Still, Teodor intrigues her, so she offers a proposal of her own. They will live together until his coronation and then she will make her decision. Hopefully, she can enjoy him in her bed while keeping him out of her heart.
Unbeknownst to them both, there is another who wants Teodor’s crown and will stop at nothing – not even murder – to get it. What will it take for Mariella and Teodor to live happily ever after?