Despite her protests, Madeline Harris is dragged to the illustrious Hawthorne's annual masquerade ball along with her older sister in order to find rich husbands. Madeline gives her best effort to spend the evening unnoticed by anyone, but a silver-masked stranger returns her missing scarf before requesting to dance with her. After spending the rest of the evening evading his eager, and arguably aggressive, approach, she returns home only to have a betrothal letter from the King arrive at her house the next day. Enter his Royal Highness Calhoun Hawthorne, the narcissistic and self-obsessed despot of the entire Devon region, the silver-masked stranger, a man who never takes no for an answer because he never had to. Coerced into agreeing to a union with the most selfish and evil man she has ever met, will Madeline find a way to escape his clutches and marry the tailor of her dreams before living the simple life she always desired? Or must she accept becoming the wife and queen of a man who treats people as things?