London, 1660: Ready to throw off a generation of Puritan
rule, all England rejoices when Charles Stuart returns to
reclaim the throne. Among those welcoming him is young
Barbara Villiers Palmer, a breathtaking Royalist beauty
whose sensuality and clever wit instantly captivate the
handsome, jaded king. Though each is promised to another,
Barbara soon becomes Charles's mistress and closest friend,
and the uncrowned queen of his bawdy Restoration court.
Rewarded with titles, land, and jewels, she is the most
envied and desired woman in England--and the most powerful.
But the role of royal mistress is a precarious one, and
Barbara's enemies and rivals are everywhere in the palace.