You’re an adopted orphan teenager in a violent world. After the sorrow you’ve known your chief desire is to marry, raise a happy family and live a quiet life. Because of your astounding beauty the future seems to offer you all the love your heart could hold.
Suddenly your peaceful dreams are shattered when the King of the civilized world throws the mother of all feasts. In a drunken display of bravado he commands the queen to display herself before his princes. She refuses.
Suddenly the Persian empire is without a queen. Thus begins the greatest beauty pageant in history as the king’s servants scour the entire civilized world for a lovely young virgin fit to replace the displaced queen.
You go into hiding. You dress as a servant and try to look plain. But all to no avail for the fame of your beauty is too large to hide.
There is a pounding at your door and suddenly your dreams no longer matter. You are wrenched from the arms of the only one who loves you for more than your astounding charms and . . .