In 1886, following the tragic deaths of her father and her fiancé, Laura Jennings, now alone in the world, travels to Hawaii to live with missionary relatives. Laura imagines shell live in a grass hut and minister to savages, but, on arriving in Honolulu, shes surprised to find that, far from being savages, the Hawaiians have developed a sophisticated and prosperous kingdom-and Lauras family is among the wealthy elite plotting to overthrow the monarchy. To avoid her conniving uncles control, Laura goes to work for the royal family.
Hawaiis last queen, Liliuokalani, struggles to save the kingdom. As the Missionary Partys opposition intensifies, the queens efforts reveal a power that can restore the spirit of a people caught up in a turbulent, changing world, and Laura discovers how her own familys long-hidden secrets can lead the way to reconciliation.