15-year old Mary Stuart has been living in a convent in France since age nine, in anticipation of her marriage to Francis, heir to the throne of France. After a failed attempt to poison her, Mary is brought to the French court for safety, where she is reunited with her handmaidens and childhood companions Greer, Kenna, Lola and Aylee. At court, Mary discovers that her marriage isn't assured, for it depends on ever-changing politics and alliances. Francis' personal reservations are related to his secret affair with Natalie, a lady of the court, and his doubts about the wisdom of an alliance with Scotland. Mary also catches the eye of Francis' half-brother Bash, son of King Henry with his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. When Queen Catherine's adviser Nostradamus has a vision that the match with Mary will cost Francis his life, she decides to sabotage the marriage. Catherine arranges for Colin, a Scot and betrothed of Lola, to rape a drugged Mary in her sleep. Mary is warned not to drink the wine beforehand by an unseen figure, and manages to stop Colin before the rape. Before Mary can question Colin, he is executed by order of the King and Queen.