Melissa Benton's first reaction to Prince Louis' proposal was a horrified "No." Rich, beautiful head of the powerful Benton company - she had no interest in a man she'd never even met. And that was all right with Prince Louis - he didn't really want to marry her either! It came as a rude shock to both of them to learn that the Benton money and their marriage was the only real solution to Motavia's troubles and behind-the-scene pressures. But with the lovely Countess Elise waiting in the wings for Louis, would patriotic fervor sustain their marriage? Melissa doubted it!