Russia, a country shrouded in secrecy, staggering under an oppressive, warmongering ruler.
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Natalie Tereshchenko works in the household of the royal family, but she has a secret, she is a niece of the Tsar himself, related to Queen Victoria and Catherine the Great, although no-one will admit it.
As the Russian monarchy collapses, and the country descends into civil war, the Tsar and his family are sent into exile, and the young Lady-in-Waiting must accompany them. She tells her story as though chatting to a friend, revealing her insecurities and longings, her friendships and fears, the men who loved her and the one who deceived her.
Sure that they will all be killed, Natalie looks for meaning in her life before it ends, a life filled with tension, drama, love, hate and revenge. When the family is slaughtered, she tries to flee, but she cannot escape her past, and when the axe falls, she must make an agonizing decision.