The dying Queen Ffazia sends for Prince Melos, her simple younger brother, to marry him to the commander of her guard. But the prince is dead--enter a rogue actor on the mend, and the most impossible impersonation of all!
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When the masters of Malmillard can't produce the dead Prince Melos, they hatch a dangerous plan--they install a rogue actor, more known for his comic rolls, as the prince. But they never intended that he be crowned KING--and neither did he, until he found himself falling in love with the prince's betrothed...
"The prince is dead," Adrian whispered, his face losing its rubious tint and paling in a sudden and most alarming manner. "DEAD," he repeated with even more emphasis, as if I might have trouble understanding the word and so must have it said again. "And WE, the masters of Malmillard, had him under our charge. The queen...she'll have our heads at the least, at the very, VERY least. We'll all be tortured, drawn and quartered, racked, hanged, burnt at the stake, boiled in hot oil, fed to ravenous rats, beheaded, cast into the arena to be savaged by, er savages--"