The year is 1882, and Queen Victoria has sat on the British throne for 45 years. The British Empire is at the height of its power and over a quarter of the world’s population lives under her reign. Sadly House Blakely, one of Britain’s oldest noble families, does not share in the Empire’s good fortunes and has seen a strong decline in its riches over the past few years.
Edgar Blakely, the eldest son, and heir apparent to the Viscount Blakely, has just received an invitation to one of the most lavish and opulent events in all of England; Lady Amelia Camberwell’s Grand Ball. Edgar’s father, the Viscount Blakely, has informed Edgar that their estate is nearly bankrupt and that Edgar is to see this gala as an opportunity to secure himself a wealthy bride to save House Blakely.