The prince is giving a ball! He's looking for a bride!
The whole town was talking about it and to young Liliana whom had dreamed of little else but a sweet loving romance and finding her soulmate, this accouncement was like a dream come true for her.
Not that she was assuming she'd win the heart of the prince, but there was bound to be many other fine gentleman there as well hoping to find a potential bride among the many beauties in attendance.
The problem was that Liliana was a servant in a wealthy household and horribly mistreated by all except the other servants and her best friend Abigail, her mistress and master's daughter, her dear friend had tried to argue with her parents... but it was no use... they refused to let a servant attend with them and sully their pristine image.
Much to Liliana's surprise however, Abigail came to her the night of the small, smuggling into Liliana's small room, a grand ballgown and the loveliest pair of crystal shoes she had ever seen... in exactly her size.
Abigail then explained how she had the shoes secretly made for Liliana as a birthday gift and she wanted her to wear them early to tonight's ball for good luck, she'd even arranged in secret for a carriage to arrive after she and her parents had already left.
Here is where the story takes a darker turn...
Liliana does dance with the prince... she is enchanted by him... at least until he sweeps her away to an empty garden and proposes...
The prince is angry when Liliana does not immediately agree and attempts to force himself on her, saying he'll just get her pregnant and give her no other choice.
Liliana manages to escape, but winds up losing one of her precious shoes on the staircase in her desperate flight for safety.
She never imagined the prince would coming searching for her... but he does...
We will begin as Liliana is getting ready for and departing to the ball.