Count Zarka is an unscrupulous nobleman, who entertains a strange hatred toward Prince Roel. Owing to the latter's activity in state affairs, Count Von Bernstein, a foreign ambassador, is anxious to put him out of the way, and Zarka is promised a large sum of money to accomplish this. Zarka intercepts a message the prince sends to Phillipa, in which he tells her that if she loves him she is to wear the red roses sent, and if not she is to wear the spray of white roses. Phillipa is much disturbed after she has worn the white roses and finds that she is overlooked by the prince. Zarka takes into his confidence three thugs and agrees with them to capture the prince, when he is least suspecting. This is accomplished when the prince goes out into the grounds to brood over his disappointment. Zarka, with the aid of his minions, overpowers and imprisons the prince in the former's castle. Zarka collects the money from Bernstein for the capture of the prince. Zarka's actions arouse suspicion, ...
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