When Elsbeth moves to Eiden after her parents' death, she believes her greatest difficulty will be avoiding her aunt’s misguided matchmaking attempts at the royal balls. However, as she hides on the edges of a three-night ball, she discovers a plot against the prince. Eiden’s future will be decided at a ball- by a girl who didn’t want to be there in the first place.
After her parent’s deaths, Elsbeth lives in Eiden with her aunt, Lady Augusta. Lady Augusta believes that with enough work, plain-looking Elsbeth can make a match at one of the country’s royal fetes. After a humiliating experience, however, Elsbeth decides to attend the next event her own way: Lady August can’t pick her partners if she can’t find her. However, as Elsbeth hides on the edges of the year’s grandest fete, she discovers a plot to assassinate the prince. Eiden’s future will be decided at a ball- by a girl who didn’t want to be there in the first place.