Rudolph Rassendyll - handsome, good-natured young
Englishman in search of adventure - is distantly related
on the wrong side of the blanket to the Ruritanian royal
When he sets off for Strelsau - the capital of
Ruritania - to see the coronation of Crown Prince
Rudolph, he is unaware of two things. Firstly - his
striking resemblance to the new monarch, secondly - a
devilish plot to kidnap the king moments before he is
crowned. Prince Rudolph's jealous half brother Michael -
aided and abetted by daredevil Rupert of Hentzau - plans
to seize power in the confusion, and Ruritania will be
set on a path to despotism and cruelty.
Rassendyll alone can help. He steps in and takes the
place of Prince Rudolph at the coronation, then joins
with loyal servants of the crown in a desperate search
for the king. But nobody has anticipated the love that
springs up between Rassendyll and Prince Rudolph's
betrothed - the beautiful Princess Flavia.
When at last the King is found, and the villains have
been defeated, Rassendyll must slip away into obscurity.
But must he also give up the one true love of his life?
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