Maria's parents hid her away through her childhood so that no one would try to take her away from them, as it was tradition that the most beautiful maiden be a gift to the king, who was very cruel. But when Maria is 16 (that's grown up in her little old village), they cannot stop her from leaving. Almost instantly as she leaves, she is brought to the king, who gives her to his son. The prince is just as bad if not worse as the king. Maria is renamed Amber, abused, hollered at, trusted with lies, but through the midst of that, the prince falls in love with the stubborn slave. Can he convince her to love him back, or will her hatred for him and how he treats his country get in the way?