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This glorious costume drama is set in the late 19th century, at the twilight of the Russian Empire. It is based on the story of a romantic relationship between the heir to the Russian throne, Nikolay Romanov, and a ballerina in the Imperial Theater, Mathilda Kshesinskaya. They meet when he’s a 22-year old crown prince, and future Tsar, and she is an 18-year old dancer. Their fleeting affair escalates into a whirlwind romance filled with scandal. Their careless happiness and passion nearly change the history of Russia, until fate and the massive power of the Russian court finally intervene. Ultimately, the story of this legendary love affair ends with the coronation of Nikolay and his wife Aleksandra Fedorovna.
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