In Belgrade, in the spring of 1914, neither of the royally-related Karageorgevich sisters have the slightest presentiment of disaster. Seventeen-year-old Natalie is enjoying the danger and secrecy of friendship with young nationalists, eager to free their lands from Habsburg domination. Katerina, her less volatile sister, is deeply and secretly in love with Julian Fielding, a young English diplomat. Then, when accompanying their father on an official visit to Sarajevo, Natalie inadvertently plunges their lives into chaos as she finds herself caught up in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian Empire. The Austrians demand her extradition and Natalie has no choice but to flee the homeland she so passionately loves. She chooses to leave it in a manner that is to prove catastrophic – as the bride of Julian Fielding, the man her sister loves.
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