In the fall of 1914, safe behind palace walls, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a magical place. The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to Empress Alexandra, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses making Russian Tsar Nikolai II and his royal family feel like her own. But outside the palace, a terrible war is sweeping through Europe, and Russia is beginning to crumble under the weight of a growing revolution.
Now, as Katya’s once-certain future begins to dissolve, she must seek to understand what is happening to her beloved country and, for the first time in her life, take charge of her own destiny. As the world outside begins to enter the palace walls, Katya’s life–along with that of all nobility–changes forever.