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During the reign of Louis XV, teenage girls from all over France are trained as potential courtesans for the King. When the time is right, each girl is smuggled into the palace of Versailles. Veronique quickly becomes a favorite of the King. But when she discovers her lover's true identity, she is whisked away, sent to give birth to a daughter in secret. The King's daughter by Veronique - Marie-Louise - has never known her mother, let alone her father. Eventually Veronique comes back into her daughter's life, bringing with her the secret of Marie- Louise's birth. But it's a volatile time in France and those with royal relatives must mind their step very carefully.