July 1816, one of the wettest summers in living memory. The Prince of Wales transfers his court to his Brighton seaside pavilion at a time when the squabble with Greece over the Elgin marbles is in danger of turning into a diplomatic incident. In a clumsy effort to intervene, the prince engages the services of Amara, a beautiful Greek soprano, to entertain at his summer court.
Amara is aware that her father, who despises everything to do with England, will raise merry hell when he learns of her disobedience. Committed to marrying a man she dislikes, Amara is determined to make the most of her freedom but doesn’t expect to fall violently in love with Louis Harland, a member of the cartel of aristocratic younger sons dedicated to protecting the prince’s interests.