View our feature on Catherine Delors' Mistress of the Revolution . An impoverished noblewoman, Gabrielle de Montserrat is only fifteen when she meets her first love, a commoner named Pierre-Andr#65533; Coffinhal. But her brother forbids their union, forcing her instead to marry an aging, wealthy cousin.
Widowed and a mother before the age of twenty, Gabrielle arrives at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in time to be swept up in the emerging turbulence--and to encounter the man she never expected to see again. Determined and independent, she strives to find her own freedom-- as the Revolution takes an ever more violent turn.