In a remote part of southern Germany there is a little kingdom, Rurania, which, in its small sphere, embraces all the political intrigues and sorrows of a larger kingdom. The monarch, Freiderich, old and weak, has two sons, the Crown Prince Wilhelm, and Albert. The king is a tool of his ministers and the early accession of Wilhelm is feared by them because of his evident strength and power. The Crown Prince, under an assumed name, has met the opera singer, Olga, and fallen in love with her. She, unaware of his true identity, has responded. While the young man remains in the distant city with his sweetheart the old king dies. The prince realizes his responsibilities, but at the same time knows that it means separation from the woman he loves. He decides to decline the throne. Olga, at the time that the prime minister pleads with him not to commit the sacrifice, discovers the prince's identity and she, too, pleads with him to return. In the meantime, seeing their hopes blighted in ...
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