Beverly Calhoun, southern belle, is in Graustark visiting her friend, Princess Yetive. Neighboring Dawsbergen has just had a coup and Prince Dantan is in hiding — Gabriel having taking the throne. On the road from St. Petersberg, Beverly is abandoned by her escorts and falls in with a gang of rather polite vagabonds, lead by a man called Baldos. They mistake her for the princess and she finds it prudent to play along.
Once in the capital city of Edelweiss, Baldos is made a royal guard, with Beverly still maintaining that she’s Yetive and falling increasingly in love with the stranger. Count Marlanx is suspicious that Baldos is a spy. Further, he wants to make Beverly his sixth wife. When his attempts at murder and blackmail fail, he’s exiled from Graustark. Revealing herself for who she really is, Beverly professes her love to Baldos, who it turns out was secretly Prince Danton. What’s more, Gabriel has been apprehended and Danton is restored to the throne.
Inscription: on the flyleaf, “To my husband, Christmas, 1908”.