Young English boy Paul Kegsworthy lives with his brutal stepfather after his real father was thrown in jail. Paul eventually runs away and arrives in London, changing his name to Paul Savelli. Young Princess Sophie Zobraska takes Paul under her wing, sees that he's educated and, when she feels he's ready, grooms him to run for Parliament. His opponent, Silas Finn, is an older and more established politician, and one day he comes to Paul and demands that he bow out of the race, but Paul Refuses. Finn, however, has an ace up his sleeve that Paul hasn't counted on.