In the stormy turmoil of old Sarajevo their passionate story began... In Belgrade in the spring of 1914, seventeen-year-old Natalie is enjoying the danger and secrecy of friendship with young nationalists eager to free their lands from Habsburg domination. Katerina, her less volatile sister, is secretly in love with Julian Fielding, a young English diplomat. Natalie finds herself caught up in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian Empire. She must flee her beloved country - as the bride of Julian Fielding, the man her sister loves.