Bella is terrified when the gross Henry VIII begins to pay her attentions. He is looking for a sixth wife who can give him sons. Bella's brother Thomas can see only the advantages as potential Regent for a future boy king, and her Spanish cousin Pedro, who wants to marry her, thinks only of the advantages for Spain with a half-Spanish Queen on the throne.
She flees from the Court, with her unhappy friend Amy, but is pursued by the handsome French Comte de Nerac, who offers to help her. Can she trust him? Will he betray her to Henry's vengeance and the men the King has sent after her?